International Women’s Day: Here are the Impactful Protests in the History Led by Women

Here are the topmost historical & impactful Protests led by women:

Women’s Suffrage Movement in 1913

In the United States, the purple, white, and gold combination was used by the National Woman’s Party. The organisation described the meaning of these colours in a newsletter published December 6, 1913, “Purple is the color of loyalty, constancy to purpose, unswerving steadfastness to a cause. White, the emblem of purity, symbolises the quality of our purpose; and gold, the color of light and life, is as the torch that guides our purpose, pure and unswerving.”

The colour white often found its place in the flags of the suffragist’s movement. Suffragists were often portrayed as masculine and ugly by the anti-feminist. In order to counter that anti-suffrage media image, suffragists wore dresses in parades that were often all white, with suffrage sashes. These white dresses symbolised the femininity and purity of the suffrage cause.

Icelandic Women’s Strike

On 24 October 1975, Icelandic women went on strike for the day to “demonstrate the indispensable work of women for Iceland’s economy and society” and to “protests wage discrepancy and unfair employment practices”. It was then publicized domestically as Women’s Day Off. Ninety percent of Iceland’s female population participated in the strike. Iceland’s parliament passed a law guaranteeing equal pay the following year.

Poland Protests Against Abortion Ban

Abortion is now allowed only in cases of rape or incest or when the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. Demonstrators have defied coronavirus restrictions and freezing temperatures to protests after the judgement was enforced on Wednesday.

Thousands of people gathered in Polish cities on Saturday to protest the country’s near-total ban on abortions, venting outrage and claiming the restrictive laws had caused a pregnant woman’s death.

Protests erupted in Warsaw, but also in smaller cities and villages like Pszczyna, the southern town where the 30-year-old woman lived. Her death, which a lawyer representing her family said came after doctors delayed a potentially life-saving abortion, has reignited the debate over the country’s handling of abortion.

Women’s March 1956

On 9 August 1956, about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government’s control over the movement of black women in urban areas. Women’s March was a march that took place on 9 August 1956 in Pretoria, South Africa. The marchers’ aims were to protest the introduction of the Apartheid pass laws for black women in 1952 and the presentation of a petition to the then Prime Minister J.G. Strijdom.

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