Just four days after the passing of veteran reggae artist, Edi Fitzroy, we are celebrating International Women’s Day. Ironically, Edi Fitzroy did one of the greatest tributes that have ever been done to women.
While we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and strive for gender parity, it was Edi Fitzroy who put these things to music over three decades ago.
In the song “Prince Black”, Eddie Fitzroy pointed out that the woman was out there just like the man struggling for a better life, working hard to provide for her family and knocking down any obstacles that might arise.
In his tribute, the bespectacled reggae crooner sung:
She is a precious, precious, precious woman, Princess Black
She always, always says how, she is tougher than a rock
She don’t like to stay at home, living on dependency
She says she has to strive out there, just like a man you see
Everything that is progressive, she is always into that
She works from 8 to 5, to keep her children alive
The song reflects exactly what women were fighting for when the International Women’s Day began on March 8, 1909.
International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.