Bread and Roses - 600 wide

January 2017.

Notes: Thinking ahead to the #womensmarch this weekend. And thinking back to a famous metaphor and its implications for today.

Speaking over 100 years ago, feminist and labor leader Rose Schneiderman used the image of “bread and roses” to engage with issues of women’s political solidarity, economic justice, the vote, and human rights:

“What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too. Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with.”

— Rose Schneiderman, 1912