Schools and businesses across the US are shuttering for the 'Day Without a Woman' strike

international womens day 2017
march during the International Women’s Day March and Rally on
March 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The rally is a lead up
to the annual International Women’s Day on March

David McNew/Getty

On March 8 — in celebration of International Women’s
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

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’ i
nterim superintendent, Jim
Causby, said in

a note.

A number of businesses have also said they are closed
or are showing support in other ways, including Violette
 and Belly Wine
 in Boston, Havas
in Chicago, New York
magazine’s The Cut
in NYC, Pizzeria
 and the
National Women’s Law Center
 in DC,
and Brick
House Art Gallery and 
Hermanas Mexican Restaurant

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.”


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