International Women’s Day is not normally something ordinary people in Australia celebrate. Whether you’re left or right, male or female, self-proclaimed feminist or definitely not chances are the March 8th date drifts by without you noticing.
It’s simply another of those named days that almost every large corporation or government department sends out circulars to all employees about in annoying emails that most people probably just delete. But outside Australia the day is somewhat of a bigger deal.
The UN has celebrated IWD since 1975 and many countries take the opportunity to use the date for a bit of virtue signalling about how much money they plan to give to NGOs to spend on something women-centric (or at least promise to).
The day is a holiday in Afghanistan (at least for now), Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.
The one interesting thing most of these above countries have in common is that many of them were once (and in some cases still are) Communist. And this is not surprising since the day was founded by, (and until 1975 celebrated almost exclusively by) Communists and their fellow travellers.
In 1910 there was a meeting of the International Socialist Women’s Conference (ISWC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The ISWC was the female specific arm of the Second International, an organization of Marxist and Marxist sympathetic parties formed in Paris on 14 July 1889.
The reason it was called the “Second” international is because the “First” international founded in 1864 had split apart in 1872 due to almost constant fighting between the Communists led by Karl Marx and the Anarchists led by Mikhail Bakunin. By 1889 both Marx and Bakunin were dead so the followers of the former decided to have another go (while excluding the followers of the latter).
At the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conference German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual Women’s Day. The proposal was seconded by fellow German Marxist leaders Clara Zetkin and Käte Duncker.
Such was the influence of these three women amongst the socialists of central Europe that the very next year on the provisional date of March 19 over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland marched in International Women’s Day events. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations.
So who were these women?
Luise Zietz is perhaps most famous as one of the founders of the “Centrist Marxist” Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany (USPD) which split from the more mainstream Socialist Party (SPD) over support for World War One.
Zetkin and Duncker were also members of the USPD but broke away in an even more extremist splinter group known as the Spartacist league that attempted to use the chaos after the end of the war to overthrow the German government by force and establish a Soviet style totalitarian Communist state. After their rebellion was crushed the Spartacists renamed themselves the “Communist Party of Germany” (KPD) with Zetkin and Duncker as two of their first elected representatives.
Zetkin quickly became a member of the KPDs central committee. She was also a member of the executive committee of the “Communist International” or “Comintern” which had succeeded the Second International in 1919.
Zetkin used her positions within the international Communist movement to promote the concept of International Women’s Day even further and was the one who chose March 8th to be the official date. Zetkin was a recipient of the Order of Lenin (1932) and the Order of the Red Banner (1927) and after she died in exile in the Soviet Union in 1933 her funeral was attended by Joseph Stalin and Nadezhda Krupskaya (the widow of Lenin) who ensured her ashes were deposited with honour in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis near Red Square.
Such a famous Communist was Zetkin that during the time of the East German republic almost every town and city had at least one street or square named after her.
So considering that International Women’s day was a holiday founded by Communists and was originally celebrated only in Communist countries or by Communist fellow travellers in the West why are we still marking it today three decades after the fall of the Berlin wall?
There are after all plenty of other days we could be celebrating women’s contribution to society on that haven’t got the stench of a hundred million corpses and a century of needless division and strife associated with them. Why is this day being endorsed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, all Australian State Governments, and even numerous local councils?
Why do we spit on the memory of the murdered and disrespect the lives of all those who lived under totalitarian tyranny by continuing to mark a day their murderers created as a propaganda tool to help spread their hate filled divisive creed?
The truth is that despite the mass murder, despite the piles of starved bodies, despite the nightmarish tyranny of the Marxist dreams come true, we as a society have decided to forget why we had a Cold War.
We have been encouraged in this by academics who were never on our side in the first place and who have now taught generations of our youth that Communism wasn’t so bad, that the Communism practiced by self-proclaimed Marxists across the world in the 20th century wasn’t real Communism anyway and that we shouldn’t worry because they’ll certainly get it right next time around.
International Women’s Day is a relic, a symbol and a warning that we never actually won the Cold War. That despite the fall of the Soviet Union and the widespread retreat from Marxist economics on a cultural level we lost it.
And it’s a dark reminder that since we never purged the poisons of Marxism from our system, because we never drove the reds from the academy, because we allowed them to continue teaching our children how to view the world, we will have to fight this monster again and again and again until we do.