Resolution on the International Women’s Day of Struggle

The resolution of the 2nd International Conference of Socialist Women, held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1910.

Proletarians of all countries, unite!

RESOLUTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN‘S DAY OF STRUGGLE

2nd International Conference of Socialist Women
Socialist 2nd International
26.08.1910

Reproduced by
The Red Flag

This Resolution was moved by Clara Zetkin, Käte Duncker and others, and was adopted at the 2nd International Conference of Socialist Women, held in Copenhagen, Denmark in August 1910. The unspecified date of International Women‘s Day of Struggle was later set by the Communist 3rd International as the 8th of March.

RESOLUTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN‘S DAY OF STRUGGLE

In order to forward political enfranchisement of women it is the duty of the socialist women of all countries to agitate acording to the above-named principles indefatigably among the laboring masses; enlighten them by discourses and literature about the social necessity and importance of the political emancipation of the female sex and use therefore every opportunity of doing so. For that propaganda they have to make the most especially of elections to all sorts of political and public bodies. In case the women have the right of voting at such bodies — local and provincial administrative bodies, arbitration courts for trade disputes, State sickness insurance — the women must be urged to make full and reasonable use of their right; if the women have no vote at all or a limited one, the socialist women must unite and guide them into the struggle for their right; in any case there must be emphasized thoroughly the demand of full political women‘s suffrage.

On occasion of the annual May demonstration — without regard to its form — the request of full political equality of the sexes must be proclaimed and substantiated. In agreement with the class-conscious political and trade organizations of the proletariat in their country the socialist women of all nationalities have to organize a special Women‘s Day which in first line has to promote women‘s suffrage propaganda. This demand must be discussed in connection with the whole women‘s question according to the socialist conception of social things. The Conference must have an international character and be prepared with care.