#49-18 International Working Women’s Day 1909-2019

A lively history of International Working Women’s Day’s origin, its eclipse in the US, and its revival in the 1960’s. The day is now better known as International Women’s Day – or IWD for short. Program ends with a collage of voices of women (and some men) marking International Women’s Day and the week leading up to it, in Cameroon.

Host(s): Fran Luck, Linda Neh Ngobesing, and Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: In New York: Fran Luck, producer of Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio on WBAI-FM, New York [airs Thursdays, 7-8 pm Eastern]; Historian Ruth Rosen, author of the book The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America; Bev Grant, singer and composer, singing her song We Were There in duet with Carolann Solebello. In Cameroon: Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family Professor Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa (nee Obama). Working mothers: Ndora Emilia, who works as a secretary is breastfeeding; Patience Bih, mother of an infant. Irene Bila, the pedagogic inspector for secretaryship education in Buea, the capital of the Southwest Region. Female police officer Agbur Ambang Helen. A member of the Association of Police Women’s Wives, which brought food to prisoners, and one of the men they visited. Two men: The Governor of the West Region, Awa Fonka Augustine, and Essama Joseph, who works for the elections body in the West. Regina Ngangwana, regional coordinator for the empowerment of rural women. A participant in the Marchpast that was viewed by First Lady Mrs. Chantal Biya. Again, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment.

Credits: US segment produced by Fran Luck in the studio at community radio WBAI-FM, New York; Cameroon segment produced by Linda Neh Ngobesing; series producer, Frieda Werden. Music clips from Der zig fun di klokmeykers (The victory of the cloakmakers) Jewish Labor Movement Song in Yiddish, lyrics by Morris Rund (himself a proud member of Local 100 the Kosher Bakers’ Union) set to the American popular song “Take a Car.” From the book “American Yiddish Penny Songs by Morris Rund and others” – see http://yiddishpennysongs for more. Jane Peppler found, arranged, and performed the song. Performances: http://cabaretwarsaw.com
Also, background music – Abortion Song by the New Haven Women’s Liberation Band, from the album Mountain Moving Day; and a live performance of the song We Were There by composer Bev Grant and Carolann Solobello.