Judy Vashti Persad and Carolyn Egan are both long-time organizers of the International Women’s Day rally and march in Toronto, and members of Women Working with Immigrant Women. They speak of their experiences of building an anti-racist women’s movement in the eighties and nineties, along with the work of many others. This resulted in the most diverse, broad-based, vibrant and continuous International Women’s Day rallies and marches in North America, with the leadership of Black, Indigenous, South Asian, Asian and other women of colour. The events bring thousands into the streets every year with an anti-racist, anti-heterosexist, class perspective, fighting for a better world for All.
Interviewed by Sue Colley
Material From the Archive
- Proposal to March 8th Coalition for 1989 IWD Theme “Women and Poverty”
- International Women’s Day
- The Art of International Women’s Day
- International Women’s Day/March 8th Coalition
- Committee for Racial Equality – International Women’s Day Pamphlet (1986)
- Open Letter to March 8th Coalition
- Women Unite Interview: International Women’s Day and International Solidarity
This project has been made possible in part by Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program.