Thursday, the 26th of August, was the 51 st anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States, and thousands of women's liberationists gathered in New york to commemorate the event as Women's Rights Day.
Thursday, the 26th of August, was the 51 st anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States, and thousands of women's liberationists gathered in New york to commemorate the event as Women's Rights Day. Organisers expected more than the 30,000 who marched in New York on the 26th August last year.
The women,, demanding equal pay, equal work, jobs for all women who want them, and quality child care made available to all women, planned to take part in an extensive programme of marches, rallies and protests. One such event was a minor assault on the visitors gallery of the New York Stock Exchange at Wall Street. Fifth women unfurled a large banner, before being hustled out by security guards.
New York's Mayor John Lindsay began the day by reading an announcement from the steps of City Hall, proclaiming Women's Right Day. The day of demonstrations was to have climaxed with a march up Fifth Avenue and a mass rally in Central Park.
Organisers for Thursday's programme have been preparing since last year's event. This report from The British Broadcasting Corporation describe some of the final preparations for Women's Rights Day, and the attitudes of some non-participant New Yorkers.
SYNOPSIS: They wear their identity for all, the wo??? to see, and now the American Women Liberationists are on the march again. For more than four years, members of the National Organisation for Women, have been campaigning throughout the nation for more equality and better civil rights, and today their movement is wider and stronger than ever.
Here at Party headquarters in New York, they have announced five national demands as part of this year's anniversary of what they call Women's Strike for Equality. The want equality under the law, the right to abortion, child care centres, equal education and employment, and political power.
At rallies and demonstrations everywhere, this is the basic underlying theme of their protest, claiming that with proper unity and strength, women will one day gave their rightful status -- a status they feel is now reserved for men only.
The women, who will be protesting this year, include for the first time a wide range of suburban and trade union women, who only joined the movement during the past twelve months. The message that is handed out in the streets is clear -- womanhood is still not fully liberated, still being exploited, and is still being denied the same power and influence given to man. The liberationists, however, believe that they are gaining strength. Outside reaction to the movement, however is still mixed.