March 8th – Celebrate International Women’s Day

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Rag cover Int Womens Day

OB Rag cover – Early March, 1975 – commemorating International Woman’s Day. The cover shows a crowd of women activists from Ocean Beach on the OB Pier. The cover was later formatted as a poster for a display at the OB Library of OB Rags during the 1990s by Bob Edwards, a former OB Ragster of the seventies.

(Reposted from March 8, 2010.)

March 8th is International Women’s Day.


International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.


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 came to commemorate the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. 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.

In 1910 the first international women’s conference was held in Copenhagen by the Second International and an ‘International Women’s Day’ was established, which was submitted by the important German Socialist Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified.[1]

The following year, 1911, IWD was marked by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, on March 19.[2] However, soon thereafter, on March 25, 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.

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r hoobler March 8, 2010 at 10:04 am

see! glen beck is right.
dammed socialists are behind everything. now that we’ve established International Women’s Day as a commie plot, it’s time to re-consider the decision to let women vote.


Patty Jones March 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I absolutely love this picture and wish I had been there to be in it.


Nate Hipple March 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

It is an awesome picture. Right on the pier!


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Yeah, exactly 35 years ago. I wasn’t even born yet.


Brittany Bailey March 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Lies! ;)


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm

One of the reason the reproduction of the photo here is so dark is that the cover photo itself is on a poster board and I had to use the smaller scanner.


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

Help me with who is in this poster: from left to right: Carol Baldwin, Bonnie Elias, Norma Mark, Maria Manghan, Chuey, Miriam Shipp, Sierra Knight, Kathy Sorrell, Rise Burdman, Nancy Little, Paul Little – who else?


Dickie March 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

The woman on Carol B.’s right, the left of the picture, is Doña’s cousin Terry [last name forgotten] who was around OB for a year or two in the mid-70s.


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Yes, Terry. Couldn’t recall her name. Dammit Dickie, I was expecting more from you on this. C’mon. What was Chuie’s last name?


Dickie March 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Do you mean Chuli? I don’t remember . . .


Dickie March 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

could that be Denny in the back right? to theleft of the flag . . .


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm

No men were allowed in or near the pic, dude. Except for Paul Little. There were several older women who spontaneously joined this rowdy crowd, they’re in the back. Yes, Chuli … ah… saw her 10 years ago … Yes, the tilda. Does my keyboard have that “option”?


Dickie March 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

maybe it is “alt” . . . don’t know


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm

let’s see … n – nope.


Frank Gormlie March 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

And BTW, how did you get that little um la over the Spanish “n”?


Dickie March 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

¿you mean the tilda? on the Mac it is “option n n” = ¡ñ!


Sarah March 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Under Windows hold down ALT while typing the appropriate number code on your numeric keypad to create characters with tilde accent marks.

For Windows, the number codes for the upper case letters are:
à 0195
Ñ 0209
Õ 0213

For Windows, the number codes for the lower case letters are:
ã 0227
ñ 0241
õ 0245


annagrace March 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hold that thought while I try to get the government out of my uterus….


Frank Gormlie March 8, 2016 at 11:16 am

How ironic: the OB Rag Women’s Day poster taken on the OB Pier, is the same pier that is now closed on March 8, 2016 due to high surf.


Jettyboy March 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Remember it originally was International Working Women’s Day, but the bourgeois institutions decided to remove any implication or content of class struggle from it, claiming all women have basically the same interests. That you don’t know that shows how successful they were.


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