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One of the precursors to International Women's Day was celebrated in the United
States after women garment workers protested against poor working conditions.
Why might a boss not treat his female (or male) workers with respect?
During such early women's strikes, both men and women in the area apparently
made fun of women demanding better conditions. Why do you think people mocked
the women instead of joining them?
Create a conversation between two women in the early 1900s hoping for equal
treatment in the workplace and the home. How do you think the two of them would
be encouraged by how the world has changed since that time?
In those early days, women and children alike were forced to work much more
than 40-hour work weeks with little to no pay. Imagine that you had to work in
sweat shop instead of going to school. How would your typical day be different?
Why would it be unfair?
The first International Women's Day in 1911 saw men and women alike arguing for
women's rights to voting, equal pay and equal treatment at the workplace. How
would you feel if you weren't given the same rights as your friends and family
members? In what ways might you protest your lack of equality?
Early feminist activists like Mother Jones and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn were
often arrested or mocked for their desire to improve women's rights. Why do you
think it has become more accepted nowadays for women to speak out against
International Women's Day wasn't officially recognized until 1977, after a
United Nations declaration. Why do you think it took more than 60 years from
the first celebration for the holiday to be made official?
In many countries, women still don't have equal access to education, training,
science and technology. Do you think it's important for women to get equality
all over the world? Why or why not?
Write a poem about the most inspirational woman in your life. Make sure to
include why she inspires you and how she has impacted your life.
Why do you think International Women's Day has not caught on in the United
States as much as it has internationally? If you could host a celebration for
women in the U.S., what would it consist of and why?
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