If you’re a woman or a girl, take the day off, kick off your mandatory heels, ignore your wallet and watch as the wider community realises your worth in your absence on A Day Without a Woman.
At least that is what the organisers behind the historic Women’s Marches are hoping for as they encourage women in the US to participate in a strike intended to raise awareness about pay gaps, reproductive rights, liberties and violence. Women’s March organisers ask that on Wednesday, conventionally International Women’s Day, women:
- Take the day off, from paid and unpaid labour
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- Wear red in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 2, 2017
No one knows how many women will respond. If the Women’s March events from January are anything to go by, A Day Without a Woman could spiral into a movement to contend with.
So, I have to work tomorrow. I promised I'd do a panel at #SXSWEdu to discuss cultural affirmation for kids.
BUT, I'll be wearing red.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) March 8, 2017
TRT World’s Jennifer Glasse visits a Washington DC Cafe owned by one of the participants of A Day Without Women.