Document 15: "Great Socialist Meetings Will Mark Woman's Day Tomorrow," New York Call, 27 February 1915, p. 1.

Document 15: "Great Socialist Meetings Will Mark Woman's Day Tomorrow," New York Call, 27 February 1915, p. 1.


       By 1915 Woman's Day ranked "first among the big holidays of socialism," according to this announcement, surpassing even May Day and Labor Day. The Manhattan event sponsored a symposium at which "the socialist" was only one of many speakers offering different perspectives on "the woman question."



Interesting Symposium by Prominent Speakers to Be Feature -- Holiday to Be Nation Wide


        Seven years ago the fourth Sunday in February was designated as Woman's Day by the Socialist party of America. Tomorrow, throughout the nation, wherever Socialists meet and spread their propaganda, men and women will observe this grand holiday, dedicated to America's womanhood. Woman's Day now ranks first among the big holidays of Socialism - such as May Day and Labor Day.

        Women today have cause to rejoice; to gather among their kind and espouse the radical conceptions of woman's equality to man. Only yesterday the women of New York won signal victories - for did not the New York Legislature decide to let the people of the Empire State at last have their say on this vital point, and, coming closer to home, was not the reactionary Board of Education of the nation's metropolis forced to back down from its foolhardy attitude on the teacher-mother controversy?

        So tomorrow women will rejoice; they will mark the day as another milestone in their incessant propaganda, and from platform and street corner they will exhort their following to renewed effort, and the unconverted to their ways.

        In the metropolitan district big meetings have been planned, and all the Socialist papers will publish gala editions. Among the larger gatherings the following may be noted:


        Big rally in Pabst's Coliseum, 110th street and Fifth avenue, at 2 p.m. Fannie Witherspoon will preside, and an interesting symposium on the woman question will be presented as follows:

  • The workingwoman, Theresa S. Malkiel.
  • The voter, Meyer London.
  • The unionist, Pauline M. Newman.[A]
  • The educator, Bertha H. Mailly.[B]
  • The Socialist, Morris Hillquit.[C]
  • The physician, Dr. Anna Ingerman.
  • The lawyer, Inez Milholland Boissevain.
  • The writer, Anita C. Block.
  • The housewife, Esther Friedman.
  • The father, Leon Malkiel.[D]
  • The feminist, Juliet S. Poyntz.[E]
  • The mother, Meta L. Stern.

        Big East Side rally: Forward Hall, 175 East Broadway, 8 p.m., Benjamin Feigenbaum, associate editor of the Jewish Daily Forward; A. W. Ricker, of the Gleichheit, the organ of the waistmakers; Theresa S. Malkiel and Charles Solomon, Socialist organizer for the East Side, will speak.


        Big North Side meeting in Auerbach's Casino, 1315 Boston road, at 8 p.m. The speakers will be Juliet Stuart Poyntz, former teacher of history at Barnard College, in English; J. Koettgen, European editor of The Call, and for many years London correspondent of Berlin Vorwaerts, in German, and Jacob Salutsky, East Side union organizer, in Jewish. No admission charges.


        The big meeting of the county, in the Labor Lyceum, 949 Willoughby avenue, at 3 p.m., Henry Dubb, famous creation of Ryan Walker, the cartoonist, will have something to say about the men folks, and how they aren't what they should be on this woman question. Bertha Matthews Fraser, the well known woman organizer and speaker, will deliver an address on "Woman and Socialism." Each admission entitles the ticket holder to six months' subscription to the American Socialist, the national weekly.

        In the 14th A. D., a special meeting will be held at 325 South 1st street, at 8 p.m. Able speakers will discuss the topic of the day.

        At the Brownsville Labor Lyceum, M. Zametkin, the popular Jewish writer, will talk on "Woman and Socialism." The Labor Lyceum is in the heart of the great Jewish district, at 219 Sackman street, near Liberty avenue. Admission 5 cents.

        In Borough Park, a meeting will take place in Royal Palace Hall, 42d street and Thirteenth avenue. Speakers will be Marie B. MacDonald, well known Socialist speaker, in English: Theresa S. Malkiel, in Yiddish, and William Morris Feigenbaum, who will preside.


        Labor Lyceum, Cypress and Myrtle avenues, Ridgewood. Speakers will be Mrs. Hilda G. Claessens and John A. Behringer, both well known as Socialist organizers and lecturers. The meetings open promptly at 8 o'clock. Admission free. Invite your friends.


        Strand Theater, Market street, 2:30 sharp. Speakers, Dr. Maud D. Thompson, prominent woman organizer, and Miriam Finn Scott, both of them among the most brilliant national figures. Miss Thelma Levy will play violin selections. Come early, if you'd have a seat.

A. Pauline Newman participated in promoting women garment workers to join trade unions. She was an industrial feminist leader. She was a leader in the shirtwaist maker's strike and a member of both the WTUL and the Socialist Party of America.
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B. Bertha Mailly was a Socialist Party member who involved herself in the shirtwaist maker's strike. She also a member of the local executive board of the WTUL.
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C. Morris Hillquit was a Socialist Party member who was later elected to Congress.
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D. Leon Malkiel was the husband of Theresa Malkiel. He was a longtime Socialist Party member.
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E. Juliet Poyntz was a Barnard history instructor who promoted the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU).
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