As we march, marching through the beautiful day
A million dark kitchens and thousands of gray spinning mills
are touched by a radiant sun that suddenly appears
As the people hear us sing: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

While we are marching, marching, we also fight for men.
Since they are children of women, and we protect them maternally again.
Our lives will not be exploited from birth to death
. Hearts suffer from hunger, just as bodies
give us bread, but also give us roses!

As we march, march, countless dead women
They shout through our song their old bread claim
Their weary spirits knew the little art and love and beauty
Yes, it is for the bread we fight, but we also fight for roses!

As we march, march, we bring with us better days
The lifting of women means the lifting of humanity
Enough of the burden of work and laziness: ten who work for one to rest
We want to share the glories of life: Bread and roses, bread and roses!

Our lives will not be exploited from birth to death
. Hearts suffer from hunger, just like bodies
, bread and roses, bread and roses!

* This poem by the American writer James Oppenheim, written in the early twentieth century, is a tribute to the working women who starred in the strike movement known as PAN Y ROSAS. James Oppenheim was an activist affiliated with the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) combat union.

According to tradition, during a demonstration of 15,000 New York textile workers in March 1908, a group of young women carried a banner with the inscription: “We want bread, and we also want roses,” a phrase that inspired this poem that has later become a popular song of the American working class. In the history of the American labor movement, the strike movement of PAN Y ROSAS is considered one of the first organized demonstrations of women workers who claimed for higher wages and better working and living conditions. In the feminist movement, subsequently, the expression PAN Y ROSAS was used metaphorically to synthesize the unity of gender and class demands.