On March 8, the Women’s March is joining forces with the International Women’s Strike in a day of action called A Day Without a Woman. People will be participating by withholding their purchasing power (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses), wearing red to show solidarity, attending rallies, livestreaming events, and engaging on social media. Women will be striking by abstaining from both paid and unpaid labor.
The one-day demonstration is meant to “recognize[e] the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.”
In other words, the day is meant to be reminder to how integral women are to our societies and shine a light on the economic injustices they continue to suffer. Not all women agree with the purpose of the demonstration, such as conservative women who will not be striking.
Whether you choose to join the strike or not, as International Women’s Day, today is a day to focuse our attention on what women have accomplished and the struggle that continues for equality.