The fighting didn’t stop with the Women’s Marches — we need that enthusiasm and determination for equality to continue for the frustrating years we still have ahead of us.
Believe it or not, this administration has barely been active for two months. And it already feels never-ending…
The organizers behind the Women’s March have lots of plans to keep us busy. The next day of action is this Wednesday, A Day Without A Woman.
As the title implies, its meant to symbolize how integral women are to society. We’re entrepreneurs, mothers, caretakers, and everything in between. We contribute to society in too many ways to fathom and that, along with the simple fact that we are human beings, means our rights should be preserved. Those rights include our access to healthcare, birth control, maternity leave, equal pay for equal work…the list goes on.
As The Resistance spreads in all of its beautiful and inspiring forms, movements like these are becoming more commonplace. Yemeni store owners in New York City shut down their businesses for a day in response to the administration’s first blatantly unconstitutional travel ban, making a powerful statement about their contribution to the state’s economy.
A Day Without Immigrants followed, just a small part of the backlash against the fear the government has sent spreading through immigrant communities with its abusive methods of “enforcing border security.”
The A Day Without A Woman organizers encourage women everywhere to participate. There are a few ways to do so:
In 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:
1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
If you’re interested in participating in A Day Without A Woman on March 8, 2017, make your pledge to support the movement here.
Bradleigh is a co-founder and content curator for The Sirens Rise with a BA in Media Studies. Her favorite things to do are listen to music, get lost in a book, write for hours, and eat way more chocolate than one human being ever should.