Saturday, March 8, 2008
Today is International Women's Day, a holiday celebrated worldwide. It began when women in the clothing and textiles industry in the Lower East Side of New York City marched for decent pay on this day, in 1857. The women were attacked and dispersed by police on horseback. On the same day in 1908, 15,000 female garment workers marched in New York for shorter hours, decent pay, and the right to vote.
To celebrate women's day, here are two performers from different generations: Adele, singing "Hometown Glory," in 2007, and Aretha Franklin singing "Respect" live in 1967.