International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th March to reflect the achievements made, and to highlight issues yet to be solved on the way to full equality for women.

The first “Women’s Day” was organised by the American Socialist Party of New York City on 28 February 1909. It was taken up by the International Socialist Woman’s Conference in 1910 to be organised annually to promote equal pay, equal rights and women’s suffrage.

IWD became predominantly a communist holiday until 1967 when it was taken up by second-wave feminists. In the 1970s and 1980s, women’s groups were joined by leftists and labour organizations in calling for equal pay, equal economic opportunity, equal legal rights, reproductive rights, subsidized childcare, and the prevention of violence against women.

To give you a little sample of some of ‘Tewkesbury’s Terrific women’ we chose five leading up to International Women’s Day 2022. We hope you enjoy this taster.

Mary Moxham and Christel Stöcker Danby

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