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The feminist movement historically did not incorporate poor women, either as members or as a focus of their advocacy.And because poor women were so socially disenfranchised, the political rights that the feminist movement won did not effectively include them.Recorded advocacy for women's rights can be traced back as early as 1820, when a group of wealthy women changed the law that deemed all women minors.The feminist movement was born in the 1930s with the birth of the Feminine League for Social Action."We remember, we advance," read the marble plaque to the employees of the women's ministry who were killed in the Haiti's January 12 earthquake.Surrounding the plaque on the rubble-filled lot where the ministry stood until two months ago, hundreds of women gathered on International Women's Day, March 8, to commemorate those they lost in the earthquake and to express their determination for a more just future.Throughout history, Haitian women have faced substantial opposition to their organizing.
Within two months of the dictator's departure there were two women's marches demanding justice for all Haitians in general and for women in particular.
And a broad group of women eventually came to benefit from the legal rights won by feminists.
Increasing philosophical and programmatic overlap has developed between the movements, though class tensions remain strong.
Other gatherings and marches took place throughout the country, from the streets in front of the destroyed national palace to rural villages.
Throughout the day, in public proclamations, private conversations, and strategy sessions, women continued their long tradition of advocacy and activism for a more just and equitable society and economy.