“While May Day celebrations—also pioneered by U.S. labor and radical movements as part of the campaign for an eight-hour day—had been taking place since 1886 and regularly received mass support, women were discouraged from attending due to threats of violence and prevailing misogyny within labor organizations. Though the Socialist Party was not without its share of sexism, American Socialists were nevertheless at the forefront of the feminist movement in the U.S. Support for women’s suffrage had been a key part of the party platform from its early days, and many shared Socialist presidential candidate Eugene V. Deb’s optimistic view that ‘an aroused, enfranchised, enlightened womanhood [would] ultimately sweep into oblivion every agency of human oppression that today block[s] the way to the emancipation of the race.’”

Thanks to the United Electrical Workers (UE) for this short piece – and thanks for keeping the fight going in Erie, PA.
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