‘New York Plans Intense Women’s Week Campaign’ by Margaret Undjus, Secretary Women’s Dept. District 2, W.P. from The Daily Worker. Vol. 3 No. 42. March 2, 1926.

‘New York Plans Intense Women’s Week Campaign’ by Margaret Undjus, Secretary Women’s Dept. District 2, W.P. from The Daily Worker. Vol. 3 No. 42. March 2, 1926.

Every Party Unit Must Participate

‘“Every woman party member a mass worker.” This is the slogan raised by the party to arouse the Communist sense of duty, to awaken the initiative in those party women members who have not as yet taken active part in mass work. The work among proletarian women is not the special task conferred upon women party members alone.

Work among proletarian women does not mean work among housewives only. The more important work is that among the women in the factories whom we must approach upon the basis of issues which arise out of the conditions under which these women work and live. The work here must result in getting the women into the trade unions, the left wing of the trade unions and into the shop nuclei. All of this is the work of the entire party, both men and women.

Another wrong opinion prevalent among some party members is that all other work must be neglected at the expense of work among proletarian women. To bring success in any sphere of party work, members must be encouraged to take part in general party activities and especially organizers in charge of any special work of the party must feel not only the inner pulse of party life but also that of its general activities.

Mass Meeting March 6.

Therefore, the party in District 2 calls upon every member, both men and women, to actively take part in women’s week campaign. The campaign will be opened with a big mass meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 6, at Central Opera House. All comrades must have tickets to sell to workers both men and women in the shops, and elsewhere. Tickets can be had at the district office, 108 E. 14th St.

Mobilization of Party for Work.

All party units in District 2, shop nuclei, factory district nuclei, street nuclei and subsection executive committee must immediately elect a comrade who will be responsible to the respective unit for work among women. Not all the units have elected such an organizer as yet. Name and address of this organizer must immediately be forwarded to the party district office.

Party membership meetings of women members were held in Bronx (lower) and Harlem. Meetings are to be called by letter in upper Bronx, Yorkville, Williamsburg, Brownsville and Boro Park sections. The comrades are to come to these meetings when they receive the letter as they are very important.

Meetings of Subsection Organizers.

A meeting of subsection organizers for work among women was held where the program for this work was discussed in part. These organizers are to call meetings of similar organizers from the lower unit’s in their subsections to acquaint them with the work and to start this work.

Women’s Week Campaign.

Beginning March 6 to 15, all party members must engage in the following work. You may not be able to do it all, but at least do some of it:

Distribute the “Women’s special edition” of The DAILY WORKER to the women in the factories and elsewhere. Carry on an agitation among housewives to register for the afternoon classes being prepared in the Workers’ School. Carry on agitation among housewives to join the housewives’ groups. Approach all sympathizing women in the factories and also the housewives to join the party.

Each unit of the party to have a discussion on the importance and nature of work among proletarian women. Make a survey of the conditions under which women work in the shop for the purpose of starting work among the women in the factories.

Relief of Passaic Strikers.

Comrades who are members of women’s organizations must see that a delegate is elected to a Conference being called of all women’s organizations in New York for purpose of relief to Passaic strikers. Date will be announced soon. Women comrades must seek to get representatives elected from their organizations to the Protection of Foreign-born Committee in Now York. Organization work among proletarian housewives has been started in Passaic. In Greater New York about 80 proletarian housewives wore organized into circles us a result of active participation of party women members in a victorious struggle carried on by these proletarian women.

Preparation is being made to acquaint the women comrades with the way of establishing the ‘‘Living Newspaper” among women.

New York Woman’s Day Celebration Takes Place Saturday Night

NEW YORK, March 4.—The Workers (Communist) Party has arranged a big mass meeting to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday evening, March 6, 1926, at Central Opera House, 67th St. and 3rd Ave., at 8 o’clock. A wonderful concert program has been arranged. The New York symphony children’s orchestra, under the direction of H. Kassel, will be one of the big features at the meeting. The orchestra consists of 60 children. The Brownsville Pioneers will stage a tableau, where they will portray the necessity of proletarian women to organize. This is something unique and you must not miss it. Working class women’s organizations will come en masse. Pictures will be taken of the different groups of women. Tickets are selling at 25 cents and can be obtained at the Workers (Communist) Party office, 108 East 14th street, and from all party members. Ben Gitlow, Lena Chernenko, Rose Pastor Stokes and Kate Gitlow will be the speakers. The Young Workers (Communist) League and the Pioneers will also have speakers. Margaret Undjus, secretary of the women’s department of the Workers Party, District No. 2, will be chairman.

The Daily Worker began in 1924 and was published in New York City by the Communist Party US and its predecessor organizations. Among the most long-lasting and important left publications in US history, it had a circulation of 35,000 at its peak. The Daily Worker came from The Ohio Socialist, published by the Left Wing-dominated Socialist Party of Ohio in Cleveland from 1917 to November 1919, when it became became The Toiler, paper of the Communist Labor Party. In December 1921 the above-ground Workers Party of America merged the Toiler with the paper Workers Council to found The Worker, which became The Daily Worker beginning January 13, 1924.

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