Happy International Women’s Day!

Men: Wish the women around you “Happy International Women’s Day!” Perhaps give them a symbolic “bread and roses” to honor them.

Women: Who are three women who have had a profound and positive influence in your life? Tell the story.

I chose this particular video of the 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts, women textile workers strike because I was delighted to see that it had been translated into Arabic – a contemporary twist to match our global winds of change.

And here’s the lyrics so you can learn the song:

Bread and Roses play mp3 or http://unionsong.com/button/musicplayer.swf?&song_url=http://unionsong.com/u159.mp3&

As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing, bread and roses, bread and roses.

As we come marching, marching, we battle too, for men,
For they are in the struggle and together we shall win.
Our days shall not be sweated from birth until life closes,
Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us bread, but give us roses.

As we come marching, marching, un-numbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient call for bread,
Small art and love and beauty their trudging spirits knew
Yes, it is bread we. fight for, but we fight for roses, too.

As we go marching, marching, we’re standing proud and tall.
The rising of the women means the rising of us all.
No more the drudge and idler, ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories, bread and roses, bread and roses.

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