On 'A Day Without a Woman,' where will you be?

10 March, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • George Washington Middle School in Alexandria is one of more than 15 schools that will close on the'Day Without A Woman

Organized by the team behind the Women's March on Washington, "A Day Without a Woman" is a strike for "equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity".

According to the Centers for American Progress, if all paid women were to take Wednesday off, it could cost the us nearly $21 billion in Gross Domestic Product.

This is merely the second action the Women's March on Washington organizers have taken.

Carnita's Snack Shack owner Sara Stroud said she supported Small Bar's choice to celebrate women. Organizers say the strike is meant to draw attention to the work done by women that goes unnoticed, underpaid, or underappreciated.

Dozens of local organizations, such as the Boston Teacher's Union, the Chinese Progressive Association, and the Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) sponsored the rally to raise awareness for myriad issues they believe Boston's women are facing today, including pay inequality, insufficient affordable childcare options, and increasing rent prices across the city.

In the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Democratic Women's Working Group, and House Democrats will hold also hold a press event honoring both International Women's Day and "A Day Without A Woman" on the Capitol steps at 12:30.

"We play an indispensable role in the daily functions of life in all of society, through paid & unpaid, seen & unseen labor", the official Women's March account.

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Jocelyn Olcott is an associate professor of history and gender, sexuality and feminist studies at Duke University.

Helen Lloyd, the director of communications for the ACPS, relayed the message to the public:"When personal leave is requested, we are not in a position to deny it [and] staff have requested leave for multiple reasons on this day-one of which is in support of the Day Without Women [sic]".

"We didn't do this so that they can go out and protest", said Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools spokesman Jeff Nash, explaining the district's decision to close.

As I said at the start of this column, these are polarizing, unpredictable and stunning times, and there will surely be plenty of opportunities yet for women to resist, rise up and speak up in whichever way they choose.

The demonstrations in the US were organized by those behind the women's marches on January 21 that drew millions nationwide. This has caused problems for working parents, many of whom had to scramble to make arrangements for someone to look after their children.

"I join millions of women in recognizing the important economic power of women in the United States and around the globe".

"We stand a danger of losing so much of what women have fought so hard to gain", she said.

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