“The worker must have bread, but she must have roses too.” - Rose Schneiderman
In commemoration of a speech delivered by American labour union leader Rose Schneiderman in 1911, this year's London Women's March is named the ‘Bread and Roses’ Rally. Addressing a crowd at a women's suffragette event in Ohio, Schneiderman allied women to fight for more than just the bare necessities, “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses too.”
A Jewish immigrant from Poland, Rose fought to improve women’s working conditions and establish fair labor practices. You can watch the full speech below.
Starting at noon, Saturday January 19, attendees will meet at the BBC headquarters at Portland Place in Marylebone, W1A. Those joining the march are asked to bring flowers to honour Schneiderman's speech.
In conversation with Refinery 29, Aisha Ali-Khan, a co-organiser for Women's March London said,
"The latest wave of marches are different because we are now moving away from a reactionary position to one of consolidation.” She continues, "We want to outlive the Trump years because we all have so much more to offer than merely being a voice against the regressive and aggressive policies currently being pursued by the White House in the USA.”
"We can either continue to live isolated, fragmented lives or we can come together for the greater good. We are in the current uncertain predicament because of institutions not willing to listen to the concerns of the person on the street,” continued Aisha. “This has to change." #WeAreChange will be "a rallying cry towards unity and solidarity, and to stand against the constant use of ‘othering’ minority groups to gain political points.”