Sunday, 5 July 2015

Happy birthday Clara Zetkin ( 5/7/1857 -20/6/33) Organiser of the First International Womens Day


Happy Birthday Clara Zetkin, ( nee Eissner), pioneering German Marxist theorist, advocate for womens rights and universal suffrage. In 1911 she organised the first International Womens Day.
During the First World War, she along with Karl Liebnecht, Rosa Luxemburg, and other International SPD politicians, rejected the party's policy of Burgfrieden , which was a call to refrain from strikes during the war.
Among other anti-war activities she also organised an international socialist womens anti-war conference in Berlin, 1915. She however was not just an organiser, but also a great writer and thinker. That still remains an inspiration today.
Because of her anti-war opinions, she was arrested several times, during the war and in 1916 was taken into 'protective custody'.
She got first elected to the Reichstag in 1920, and in 1932, at the age of 75 again, where as the oldest member she was entitled to open the parliaments first session. She took this as  her golden opportunity to make a long speech, denouncing Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
She also held the view that still holds much resonance today, that the source of womens oppression was in capitalism, and that any form of liberation, could only be served with the self-emancipation of the working class.
Long may this grandmother of revolution, be recognised and celebrated.

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