Saturday, March 8, 2008
International Women's Day
The first International Women's Day (IWD) was observed in February of 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. Among other relevant historic events, it commemorates the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire (New York, 1911), where over 140 women lost their lives. Today IWD is more strongly identified with Russia and its former eastern bloc allies, but it is also considered the first day of the spring season so it is well worth observing on both accounts.
In honor of International Women's Day, I am showing the second of two female statues from the Brewer Fountain on Boston Common. You can see the other statue here.