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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Revolution and Returning to its U.S. Roots
Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild
The year 2010 was the centennial of Clara Zetkin’s proposal for an annual women’s holiday, which became known as International Women’s Day, and 2011 was the centennial of its first celebrations. The first ten years of the holiday’s existence were a particularly tumultuous time in world history, with the advent of World War I, revolutionary upheavals in some of the major combatant countries, and the demise of the German, Habsburg, Ottoman, and Russian empires. During this time, International Women’s Day celebrations quickly gained great popularity, and in 1917 sparked the February Russian Revolution. Dr. Ruthchild will discuss the development of the holiday from its U.S. and western European origins and goal of women’s suffrage, to its role in empowering Russian women to spark a revolution, its re-branding as a Soviet Communist celebration, its re-export back to the rest of the world, and its adoption by second-wave feminists in the west. The film “Left on Pearl” shows the surprise ending of the 1971 International Women’s Day march in Boston. The talk and film screening will be followed by a Q and A with the audience.
We are located in the Libraries Screening Room located on the ground floor of the Wells Library, room 048. This is a free, but ticketed, event so please reserve your seat soon!
Thursday, March 29, 2018
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Wells Screening Room (ground floor, within Media Services)
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