What to know about #ADayWithoutAWoman

On March 8th, an international strike will occur world-wide in protest of Trump, and multi-issue sexist ideology.

Purposefully assigned to the same day as International Women’s Day, the strike was created by the same organizers as the January 21st “Woman’s March”

The protest will allow women to participate by:

  1. Taking the day off, from paid and unpaid labour
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses)
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

The protest has already produced results. Two school districts in the United States have canceled classes on the March 8th, as one had 75% female staff (with enough requesting the day off) and the other having over 300 member request leave for the strike.

So why is this strike needed anyways?

While Trump’s blatant misogyny was the immediate trigger for the huge response on 21 January, the attack on women (and all working people) long predates his administration,” organizers and activists wrote in the Guardian op-ed calling for the women’s strike. “Women’s conditions of life, especially those of women of color and of working, unemployed and migrant women, have steadily deteriorated over the last 30 years, thanks to financialization and corporate globalization.

What can male allies do to help out?

The organization has asked that “male allies to aid in the strike by taking over care giving duties … and use the day to call out decision-makers at the workplace and in the government to extend equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women.”

For more information, please visit womensmarch.com, and for more background on the strike, below is a video of the Legendary Ms. Angela Davis speaking at the Women’s March from January 21st, 2017.

The protest has been endorsed by the following organizations:

9to5, National Association of Working Women

Action Wednesday, formerly d/b/a FemInUs

Alliance for Justice

Amnesty International

Black Women’s Roundtable

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

Democracy Spring

Equal Rights Advocates

Every Voice

Good Story Films

Got a Girl Crush

Incarcerated Nation Corp.

International Women’s Convocation

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice

Moms Demand Action

 

MoveOn.org

National Women’s Liberation

One Down Dog

Portland Women in Technology (PDXWIT)

Sierra Club

The Susan Jolley Awareness Program

UltraViolet

Unite Women New York Inc

We Are Woman

The Wing

Women’s Information Network New York City (WINNYC)

Women Across Frontiers

Women for Justice

Women Occupy Hollywood

The Women Worldwide Initiative

 

(featured image provided by Vox.com)

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