Item #39846 Rally for International Women’s Day. FEMINISM.


Rally for International Women’s Day.

Original flyer announcing a rally in Union Square (New York City) on March 7 (1970), initiated by “YAWF Women”. A short text announces the rally as the “First action in a quarter-century to commemorate March 8 as International Women’s Day, originated by a demonstration of women from the needle trades in 1908.”

Printed in black on yellow stock. 28x21.6cm.

The celebration of International Women’s Day as a day of struggle against women’s oppression was revived by the Women’s Caucus of Youth Against War and Fascism (YAWF), and the rally on March 7 in New York announced on the flyer began in Union Square. Afterwards, as they marched along the streets towards the Women’s House of Detention in Greenwich Village, women chanted: “Women, let’s unite and fight,” “Out of the house, out of the jails, out from under, women unite,” and “Free our sisters; free ourselves. Free Joan Bird; free Ericka Huggins.” Police charged the demonstrators outside the prison and arrested three women, all of them YAWF activists, which led to the formation of the Women’s Bail Fund.

Old, faint central horizontal crease; slight edge-creasing; o/w a Very Good plus copy of an important flyer marking the first post-war International Women’s Day rally in America.