March 8th marks International Women’s Day; as such, the body behind the Women’s March on Washington chose that day for the ‘Day Without a Woman’ international economic demonstration. Due to the great success of the Women’s March back in January – the millions of people who protested throughout the globe – the movement decided it was time to take it one step further and show the world what a day without women would actually look like, and the impact it could have on the world’s economy, in the broad sense of the term, as well as the more local and immediate ramifications.
The reason for this day of protesting in particular is derived from “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.”
What will essentially happen on March 8th, if everything goes according to plan, is the following:
- Women are not going to go to work
- Women are not going to do any form of shopping
- Women will wear red to show their solidarity to the demonstration and the movement as a whole
The idea for this strike comes from the two other strikes that took place – the ‘Bodega strike’ that was headed by Yemeni immigrant shop owners in New York City, and the ‘Day Without Immigrants’ demonstration across the United States. All of these were done in order to make the point that we all need each other and we are all a part of a greater whole that is the sum of its parts. At the end of the day this is done for the sake of equality among men and women, in addition to equality among the human race as a whole.
The only fear we have of March 8th comes from the matter of participation. Women need to come together and choose to be a part of this demonstration, if they agree with it of course. The issue of women who do not see eye to eye on the matter of female and male equality is a whole different battle and discussion to be had, but many women are loud and forceful enough to lead the way for other women to follow suit and make a real change for themselves and future generations.
On March 8th, A Day Without a Woman, is hoping to show the continuity and growth of the movement that began with the Women’s March on Washington, battling preconceived notions, differences, corporate greed, ignorant hate, and truly begin the conversation of between government and women; since only women should decide for women on the matter of their body, and only an open discussion between men and women can bring forth progress in the issues of economic advances for women, as they would for men.