It is thanks to our grandmothers, great and great grandmothers that the world began to raise its head and to claim rights at work.
To these women, silent heroines, we owe a lot and too often we have forgotten about it.
The first industrial revolution, which developed without any control, in England in the late 1700s. It did not take into account, at all, that the workforce has a body and a soul.
The important thing was only to produce.
We are still paying the consequences of this mentality and as our great, great, grandmothers and mothers said, all the knots come to a head.
With this premise we want to introduce a song of popular folk known as it is called “Sciur Padrun da li beli braghi bianchi” (Mr. Master with beautiful white breeches).
It is part of the first protest songs of the peasant world of the early 1900s.
It tells of the last day of the Mondine’s work in the areas of Vercelli, Novara and Pavia.
The Mondine were those women who planted, transplanted, cleaned and harvested the rice. “Mondare” means removing weeds from rice: in those days there were no chemicals and rice was better.
The song is of a satirical-social character and means that the owner wore white, clean breeches, enjoyed ample benefits, while they who worked hard, were in the mud and asked for better working conditions.
Social rights have no political color, they are universal. Our great and grandmothers have fought so much for us, for our rights and for our freedoms. Today we are losing our rights.
Let’s not forget them (the Mondine) and let’s never forget to thank them.
Un abbraccio/ a big Hug