Calling All Women

VICTORIA BONACASA

Attention all women:

Tomorrow, on March 8th, women around the world are encouraged to stay home from work and avoid shopping for an international “Day Without Woman.”

Run by the same people who organized the Women’s March on Washington, tomorrow’s demonstration hopes to recognize the “enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system” even though women receive lower wages and experience “greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity” at work than men.

If millions of working women participate in tomorrow’s protest (much like they did weeks ago when marching in major cities across the country) the effects would be profound. When women of all backgrounds band together in solidarity for women’s rights, the “army of love” easily overpowers that of “fear, greed and hatred.” A potential protest of this magnitude couldn’t be ignored.

A world without women is a non-functioning one.

Women make up 47% of all workers in the United States, dominating certain professions more than others. One key example is in public schools, were women hold 75% of teaching positions. Already, many schools throughout the country have decided to shut their doors tomorrow – whether in support of their female teachers, or because they don’t have enough staff to operate without them.

Tomorrow’s date also marks International Women’s Day, a day that seeks to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women” in the world. Holding the Day Without Woman demonstration on International Women’s Day brings about the question: “Where would we be without the achievements of women?”

You can show support for women’s rights and human rights tomorrow by:

Taking the day off, from paid and unpaid labor.

Avoiding shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).

Wearing RED in solidarity

The organizers of the event believe that it is imperative, now more than ever, to continue fighting for women’s rights regardless of race, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, or disability.

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