International Women’s Day is one of the few celebrations observed in Canada that is the product of dissident or reform movements. Its origins go back to 1909 when the American Socialist Party held an event honouring the 1908 garment worker’s strike in New York, where women protested against gruelling working conditions in the city’s factories. The following year there was a women’s conference in Copenhagen and from a motion by two German socialist women, International Women’s Day was declared.
“ …a corrupt elite, an elite that sees education only as an investment in human capital, that sees a tree only as a sheet of paper and a child only as a future employee.” (Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, spokesperson for CLASSE [Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante]).
“…the CLASSE has excluded itself…you cannot take on acts of serious social and economic disruption with impunity …” (Line Beauchamp, Québec Minister of Education)