I have been involved in one way or another with the working class and will never cease from aligning myself with the Labour movement which has fought for and often died in the cause of Workers and Working Peoples rights.
Very often we have seen Women taking the lead.
Classic examples being but not limited to
THE RIGHT TO VOTE
We are taught that Australia was born at Gallipoli but before that Women fought for and won the right to vote by 1911 Isn’t that when Australia was born?
Women took a leading role against the First World WAR through Women’s
International League for Peace and Freedom and No-Conscription Fellowship
In April 1915, amidst the carnage of surrounding warfare, 1200 women from 12
countries met in The Hague for 3 days to discuss how the war and all wars could be ended.
SOME NOTABLE PACIFIST WOMEN:
Catherine E. Marshall (1880-1962) organised an international peace
congress of women at The Hague in 1915
Helen Crawfurd (1877-1954) Daughter of a baker from Glasgow’s Gorbals
Emily Hobhouse (1860-1926) WHO campaigned against the British Government keeping Boer families in concentration camps during the Boer War
( A war one of Grand Fathers fought in as a Scots Guard and later WW1)
Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960) Writer and campaigner who linked socialism with women’s rights.
Vera Mary Brittain (1893 -1970 was a British writer and pacifist. Her 1933 book “Testament of Youth” now a film recounted her experiences during the First World War
…and in more CONTEMPORARY times the tailors’ trimmers strike at Ford which was the subject of the film “Dagenham”
Today we face another struggle the threat of Global Warming which threatens all of Humankind but which the conservative right continue to deny but in which we again find Women taking the lead.
Globally we face a crisis of masses of refugees fleeing from essentially MAN made wars…and who do we find in the vanguard fighting against this injustice in Australia WOMEN
Thank God for our Mothers on International Women’s Day
A PERSONAL NOTE
*I was taken into care on my first birthday due to my Mothers illness and on leaving the Children’s Home 5 years later ironically the day after my 6th birthday I was fortunate to be fostered from time to time with several wonderful Women.