Regram via @womensmarch: - Born in Texas in 1853, Lucy Gonzales Parsons grew up to become a successful and uncompromising labor activist. She co-organized the first May Day Strike in 1886, leading 100,000 working people on a march through Chicago to demand an 8-hour work day, and birthing what is still observed as the international workers day.
Her status as an influential woman of color advocating for poor and working people put her under constant surveillance from the police. One Chicago official stated that she was “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.” Parsons incorporated struggles for racial and gender justice into her activism for worker’s rights. She was one of only two women delegates - and the only woman of color - among the 200 men at the founding convention of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). The only woman to speak at the convention, she called on the IWW to fight for gender equality and grant underpaid women lower union fees.
Up until her death in 1942, Parsons continued to agitate around the country and the world. She fought for the exoneration of the Haymarket Martyrs (one of whom was her husband), led poor women into rich neighborhoods “to confront the rich on their doorsteps,” attended public meetings to confront politicians who did not support worker’s rights, marched on picket lines, organized against hunger and unemployment, participated in the clemency campaign for the #ScottsboroEight, and advocated for women’s access to birth control. And as this quote tells us, she never stopped being a rebel. Today, on May 1, 2017, we proudly take to the streets with our partners in #TheMajority for #MayDay and #BeyondTheMoment, and we carry the legacy of Lucy Gonzales Parsons forward with us. 💪🏼💪🏾💪🏿💃🏼#inspireaspire