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FIFTH COLUMN: The Communist Connection to the International Women’s Day Strike

An imperialistic Kremlin has historically used the holiday as a propaganda tool in an effort to destabilize western democracies.

On March 8th, thousands (possibly millions) of women across the globe will skip work in a strike against supposed injustice. International Women’s Day, a holiday rooted in communist ideology, will serve as the host for this disruption.

The international strike’s website names its goals as an end to gender violence, full reproductive rights for “cis and trans” women, a $15 minimum wage and “equal pay for equal work,” a massive expansion of government welfare, “Antiracist and Anti-Imperialist Feminism,” and the halting of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Women’s March, the highly-attended national protests against President Trump in January, has worked in conjunction with the International Women’s Strike to promote the strike.

The Women’s March website reads:

“On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.”

The website continues, calling for women to adhere to three principals on 3/8:

  1. Skip Work
  2. Shop only at “small, women- and minority-owned businesses”
  3. “Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman”

The Women’s March listed their reasons for wearing red on Twitter:

The Women’s March forgot a reason to wear red to Women’s Day protests: International Women’s Day action has communist influences.

Under Joseph Stalin, the Comintern, the global Soviet propaganda arm between the World Wars, intensely supported Women’s Day protests as a tool of undermining Western democracies.

A memorandum from the Women’s Department of the Executive Committee of the Communist International (ECCI), dated December 12, 1931, instructed Comintern members, “The International Women’s Day and its prepatory campaign must be earnestly utilised for the organisational entrenchment of the [Communist Party] and revolutionary mass organisations in the proletarian female masses.”

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The document added, with the goal of communist revolution in mind, “THE BEST PREPARATION IS WOMEN’S ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN STRIKES AND DEMONSTRATIONS.”

The 1931 memo also made clear that the Politburo and the General Secretary of the Soviet Union (then Stalin) would direct the global events of International Women’s Day “down to the last Party nucleus.”

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A December 17, 1931 addendum to the memo from the head of the ECCI said that International Women’s Day “must be observed in all the capitalist countries as an international demonstration and fighting day.” It also observed that for communism to succeed, it must “destroy the influence of social democracy among women,” with International Women’s Day serving as a means to that end.

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Surely though, after the fall of Soviet Communism, the goals and rallying cries of today’s International Women’s Day strike must differ from those promoted by the Comintern in the 1930s? Well, a document dated January 4, 1930 listed out various goals that Communists should promote to attract participants in Women’s Day activities:

“Equal pay for equal work”, “right of a married woman to work”, “the 7-hour day with full pay”, “down with abortion laws”, “Real defence of motherhood”, “The right of working women’s children to free education and free food”, “Support for unemployed women workers”, “Pensions for widows and their families”, “Clear out the fascists – agents of the bourgeoisie – from industry”, “Down with bourgeois charity – the right of working women to full government support”…

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If these goals sound familiar, they should.

The Women’s March did not respond to request for comment.

Source of documents: The Library of Congress Comintern Archives Project, Compiled by the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History.