Inspired by movements such as “A Day Without Immigrants,” the organizers of the hugely successful Women’s March have declared March 8 as “A Day Without A Woman.” In honor of International Women’s Day, and in solidarity with the International Women's Strike, #DayWithoutAWoman aims to shine a light on the economic power of women and the injustices they face, such as lower wages, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment. The day is also intended “to push for gender justice, recognizing that trans and gender non-conforming people face equally compelling issues of discrimination and marginalization.”
Anyone can participate, in the U.S. or abroad, and the organizers have put forth some simple guidelines on what we should do on March 8th:
1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small businesses or women/minority-owned businesses)
3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
If you’re a guy and are feeling left out from the action, worry not, men can also participate! Wear red and show support by taking care of children and housework, or start a conversation about how to promote family-friendly policies for women like paid leave or flexible scheduling.
On 1/21, we marched. On 3/8, we strike! Join us for a #DayWithoutAWoman.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 3, 2017
The first Women’s Day was held in 1909 in New York. Fifteen thousand women marched that day to demand better pay, shorter hours, and the right to vote. Now, International Women's Day, is observed all across the globe and is meant to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political successes of women while continuing to fight for further gender equality.