Thursday, March 01, 2007

International Women's Day (And you thought it was all about burning bras...)

Outsider Art In A Box Presents...

An International Womyn’s Day Event

( No Art Experience Necessary.)

This is a Make and Take Event. Create Artist Trading Cards and xpress what International Womyn’s Day means to you and then trade with others. All ATC Kits & supplies included in ticket price.

Purchase tickets early as Space is limited

Tickets available at Shaktea 3702 Main St
$10.00( all supplies included)

Womyn’s Day Event : SHAKTEA 3702 Main St

March 10.2007 6:00pm—10:00 pm

* ATC Kits Made By Leanne of Ruby Dogs Art House
Portion of proceeds donated to a Womyn’s Group.
Tickets will not be sold at the door at the night of the event

Shaktea offers a wide range of teas,cold drinks and sweets for sale

I look forward to sharing this creative event with you

In Artistic Solidarity;

And now a word from Reese...

As international women's day is approaching on March 8th, I thought I'd do a little research on how it all came to be. What I found moved me profoundly, and has made me realize how far women have come in the last century. The following was copied off of Wikipedia...

"The first IWD was observed on 28 February 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. The idea of having an international women's day was first put forward at the turn of the 20th century amid rapid world industrialization and economic expansion that led to protests over working conditions. Women from clothing and textile factories staged one such protest on 8 March 1857 in New York City. The garment workers were protesting what they saw as very poor working conditions and low wages. The protesters were attacked and dispersed by police. These women established their first labor union in the same month two years later.

More protests followed on 8 March in subsequent years, most notably in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In 1910 the first international women's conference was held in Copenhagen (in the labour-movement building located at Jagtvej 69, which today houses Ungdomshuset) by the Socialist International and an 'International Women's Day' was established, which was submitted by the important German Socialist Clara Zetkin. The following year, IWD was marked by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. However, soon thereafter, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City killed over 140 garment workers. A lack of safety measures was blamed for the high death toll. Furthermore, on the eve of World War I, women across Europe held peace rallies on 8 March 1913. In the West, International Women's Day was commemorated during the 1910s and 1920s, but dwindled. It was revived by the rise of feminism in the 1960s.

Demonstrations marking International Women's Day in Russia proved to be the first stage of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Following the October Revolution, the Bolshevik feminist Alexandra Kollontai persuaded Lenin to make it an official holiday, and it was established, but was a working day until 1965. On May 8, 1965 by the decree of the USSR Presidium of the Supreme Soviet International Women's Day was declared as a non working day in the USSR "in commemoration of outstanding merits of the Soviet women in communistic construction, in the defense of their Motherland during the Great Patriotic War, their heroism and selflessness at the front and in rear, and also marking the big contribution of women to strengthening friendship between peoples and struggle for the peace".

With that in mind, here's another awesome local IWD events coming up.
Have a good one women.

V-Day Vancouver

As part of the 2007 V-Day Worldwide Campaign, Vancouver is proud to present a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls.


3 March 2007 - 8 PM

Venue Info:

Venue: Wise Hall

1882 Adanac St
Vancouver British Columbia V5L 2E2
Venue Capacity: 250
Accessible to people with disabilities: yes

More Details:

One benefit showing of the Vagina Monologues with craft/art tables

Beneficiary: Art Matters & Women's Information and Advocacy

Sponsor: Art Matters & Penny-a-Line

Performance Language: English

Sign Language Interpreted: no

Tickets price: $15

To purchase tickets:
604-859-2407 (Fraser Valley #) Shaktea, 3702 Main St, Vancouver

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