On March 8 — in celebration of International Women’s
Day and in defiance of the Trump administration — women and
gender non-conforming people around the country are going on
strike for A
Day Without a Woman.
The strike was planned by the same organizers as the
Women’s March, a worldwide protest in January that
had millions of participants around the world.
The organizers say women who can’t miss work but still want to
participate can wear red in solidarity and avoid shopping instead
(except at women or minority-owned businesses). Organizers
are also holding walkouts, rallies, and marches
in cities around the US.
Several businesses and schools have announced that they are
closed due to the strike.
All 18 public schools in Alexandria,
Virginia; Prince George’s County school district
near Washington, DC; Chapel Hill-Carrboro
City Schools in North Carolina; and the
Maple Street preschool in Brooklyn have shuttered for the
day. The New School in New York City says it is offering
flexibility for students and teachers if they wish to
We hear you regarding the very difficult decision to close school for students Weds. We did not make the decision lightly. https://t.co/hxxzsHp7gW
— Alexandria Schools (@ACPSk12) March 6, 2017
Over 300 Alexandria Public School staff members
asked for the day off, according to the district
website. Approximately 12,300
students said they are staying home in North Carolina, and
the day is optional for teachers,
according to The New York Times.
“It is my determination that we will not have enough
staff to safely run our school district,” Chapel
Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ interim superintendent, Jim
Causby, said in
A number of businesses have also said they are closed
or are showing support in other ways, including Violette
Bakery and Belly Wine
Bar in Boston, Havas
offices in Chicago, New York
magazine’s The Cut in NYC, Pizzeria
Paradiso and the
National Women’s Law Center in DC,
House Art Gallery and Tres
Hermanas Mexican Restaurant in
Organizers are encouraging men to help with domestic
responsibilities and to rally alongside women for various issues,
including equal pay and paid parental leave.
The goal is to stand up for gender equality, and to show how
valuable women are to American society, the organizers write. The first
International Women’s Day (IWD) took place in February
1909, when 15,000 women
marched in New York City and demanded higher pay,
shorter hours, and voting rights.
A larger strike for IWD, in which over 50 countries are
expected to participate, is happening in conjunction with
the Day Without a Woman strike.
“When millions of us stood together in January, we saw
clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear,
greed and hatred,” the Women’s March organizers say. “Let’s raise our
voices together again, to say that women’s rights are human
rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion,
immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic
status, age or disability.”