The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Spain:
Women Take to the Streets for their Rights

Mar 19, 2018

Women in Spain carried out an unprecedented mobilization on March 8 against wage inequality, discrimination, and sexual violence.

The unions and media said six million people in 120 cities demonstrated to show their anger against how women are treated, especially in the working class. Responding to the call of feminist organizations, trade unions, and political parties, some workers went on strike for the day, some for only two hours, and most for the afternoon.

Right-wing political parties openly opposed the movement. The Citizens Party said the strike demands went against the proper functioning of the capitalist system. Rajoy, an open reactionary, head of the government and of the People’s Party, dared to put on a purple ribbon to show solidarity with women – symbolically. The Socialist Party president of Andalusia also hailed the mobilization. Of course everyone remembers each time his party was in power, it supported anti-worker laws which made inequality between men and women worse!

Why did this day bring an unprecedented mobilization on International Women’s Day? Because the inequalities that women suffer greatly mark Spanish society. Hopefully this mobilization will encourage other big working class actions. For all workers, women and men alike, this demonstration is a hopeful sign.