Day Without A Woman: Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Women’s Strike On March 8

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So, the "Day Without a Woman" has come. Organizers of the Women's March on Washington are following up by calling for a general strike on March 8. In January, women across the world came out in droves to march in protest against President Donald Trump. But on March 8, they hope to make another point by not showing up at all. Here’s what to expect from a a “a day without a woman.”

The Women's March on Washington was one of the most powerful demonstrations of social activism in modern history.

And women are not slowing down. On March 8, women around the world will remove themselves from the economy. This time it’s not just about Donald Trump, women will remind us of the societal barriers that keep them from achieving true equality.

There are two major events planned this year on March 8.

Day Without a Woman, organized by the Women's March, and the International Women's Strike, a grassroots endeavor founded by a team of activists, feminists, and scholars working together in solidarity to create a united message that represents women from all walks of life.

What is the goal of the women's strike on March 8?

Women will challenge socioeconomic inequality by calling for working women, women of color, native women, immigrant women, Muslim women, disabled women, lesbian, queer, and trans women; in short all marginalized communities. They will come together and make their voices heard.

Women behind the International Women’s Strike wrote in the Guardian, and said that their goal is to create a new feminism, one that is representative of the "99 percent."

On March 8 they will be striking to end gender violence, to protect reproductive freedom, to preserve the environment and natural resources, to secure equal pay for equal work, to guarantee a $15 minimum wage and paid family and sick leave, and to create a social system that actually works for all communities.

The International Women's Strike and the Women's March have similar goals and they’re working in solidarity.

The goal of "A Day Without a Woman" is "to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the U.S. and global economies while calling attention to the economic injustices women and gender-nonconforming people continue to face."

The common goal is to bring attention to socioeconomic inequality.

Like health care, securing a living wage, child care etc, and ending discrimination in the workplace, as well as protecting other civil rights.

How will women take part in demonstrations?

The Women's March organizers have asked those who can participate to do so in any of the following ways:
1. Refraining from work—both paid and unpaid.
2. Refraining from shopping in stores and online (exceptions can be made for local small businesses and women-owned businesses that are not part of the #GrabYourWallet boycott).
3. Wearing red—a color of love, revolution, energy, and sacrifice—in solidarity.

International Women’s Strike is hosting several strikes, marches, and rallies throughout the United States (and internationally), including in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Columbus, Ohio.

Organizers recommend women to take action by:
1. Creating a coalition of women to join in the strike and either organizing or participating in demonstrations and walkouts
2. Organizing or participating in a strike or picket line within your workplace
3. Boycotting companies or local business that use any sexist language or imagery in their advertisements

What if women can’t afford to take a day off?

"Women and allies with greater privilege are called to leverage that resource for social good on March 8," Women's March organizers wrote. "However, everyone’s involvement signifies an equal commitment to the day, especially those who experience greater vulnerability to discrimination and exclusion."

And what if you’re a man?

You can show your advocacy by bringing up the pay gap in a meeting with your supervisors or urge your employers to guarantee equal pay and paid family leave. Or, of course, you can contribute to domestic work, which shouldn’t be limited to March 8 anyway.

What does red symbolize?

Organizers say that red is the "color signifying revolutionary love and sacrifice. Red is the color of energy and action associated with our will to survive. It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It also has a history of being associated with the labor movement."

So, now you know what this year’s agenda for March 8 is. The women’s movement has a very powerful and collective voice this year, which will hopefully be heard.

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