March 8, 1908: Women demanded dignity and respect.
March 2019: So where are we today?
On March 8, 1908, many thousands of women garment workers poured out of New York City’s firetrap factories and demanded decent working and living conditions. Their bold action inspired March 8 to be celebrated all over the world. Some of the specifics of women’s lives may have changed since then, but their cry to be treated like human beings with dignity and respect, a cry for justice and freedom, is just as relevant and just as necessary today as then.
This historic action was defined by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "an important strategic change in the movement," and I was also quoted on the cover of the New York Times Metro Section saying, "Women's rights are in a state of emergency." Ten years later in 1998, I wrote the following list of action items to guide the pro-choice movement into the future.