Bread and Roses
On Saturday 19th January Lib Dem Women will be marching with thousands of others to demand equality not austerity, will you be joining us?
The Women’s March for 2019 is named after the 1912 ‘Bread and Roses’ rally, which revolutionised workers rights for women. The name is taken from a line in a speech given by American suffragette Rose Schneiderman, one of the most influential female labour union leaders, who said that “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” Via this powerful statement, Schneiderman was demanding both ‘bread,’ a metaphor for having the bare minimum, fair wages that enable workers to put food on the table, as well as ‘roses,’ to signify quality of life, brought about by having comfortable living and working conditions.
’Bread and Roses’ therefore became widely adopted as a political slogan for the western feminist movement in the early 1900’s.