Reminder: March 8 -A Day Without a Woman

DayWithoutAWomanHashtagIn the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing 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. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  • Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor

Although this is the ideal way to make an economic impact in the truest sense of a strike, we know it’s not practical or possible for many women who would endure a financial hardship for missing a day of work. It is also unfair to ask healthcare workers and first responders to strike, as it would have an adverse impact on our community.

Here are other ways to participate in A Day Without a Woman

  1. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  2. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
  3. Call your local lawmakers to voice concerns about legislation and policies that are at issue right now.
  4. Go to social media – express how you are participating in a #DayWithoutAWoman and why this is personally important to you. #IStrikeFor

A Day Without a Woman reaffirms our commitment to the Principles of Unity, which were collaboratively outlined for the Women’s March. We are inspired by recent courageous actions like the “Bodega strike” lead by Yemeni immigrant store owners in New York City and the Day Without Immigrants across the U.S. We applaud the efforts of #GrabYourWallet and others to bring public accountability to unethical corporate practices. The Women’s March stands in solidarity with the International Women’s Strike organizers, feminists of color and grassroots groups in planning global actions for equity, justice and human rights.

When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred. 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.

***For a template letter to inform your employer of your participation in A Day Without A Woman, click here.

***For a template “Out of the Office” auto-response email, click here.

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