Ever imagined a world without women?
Women across the United States and 30 other countries are celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 by participating in a strike dubbed “a day without a woman.”
The strike is inspired by “a day without immigrants” observed in the third week of February, where participants stood up against the Trump administration’s policies toward immigrants.
Organizers of the rally are urging women to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for the day and wear red in solidarity with the event. The goal is to highlight the value, economic power and importance of women in different walks of life, despite the inequalities, discrimination, sexual harassment, job insecurity and threats they face.
Owing to the strike, and the absence of female employees, a number of schools and businesses will remain closed on International Women’s Day.
People on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram are using the hashtags #adaywithoutwomen and #adaywithoutawoman to support the strike.
#ADayWithoutWomen we would have no Ihop waitresses and HR would be non existent... damn— Rev. Tysen Dunn (@GetIt__DUNN) March 8, 2017
I am doing #ADayWithoutAWoman because I believe all women regardless of race, religion or social status should have equality.— Susan (@ReadingSusan) March 8, 2017
According to Time magazine, women make up 84% of the teachers in educational institutions; 85% of bank tellers; 78% of physicians, surgeons, registered nurses and physician assistants; and 55% of pharmacists, among other occupations. Therefore, a day without women may mean no doctor appointments, all male waiters at eateries, and canceled classes at educational institutions along with other effects.
"This is an opportunity for women, like the low-wage workers that I work with, to join together with women everywhere to say 'women power this economy,' to have that be visible and recognized and to think together about how we might shape the future with that power,” said Ai Jen Poo, the director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, a group that has endorsed the strike.
Check out the video above to learn more about “A Day Without A Woman.”
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