Dozens of schools are closing, rallies are planned, and women everywhere will take action on Wednesday in observance of International Women's Day and in defiance of a patriarchal society that's been emboldened, at least in the United States, by the right-wing Trump administration. Megan Collier, a Women's March organizer from MI, told the Detroit Free Press that there are other meaningful ways to engage in protest without missing work.
Organizers even have a template women can give their employers to inform them they are participating in the strike. As many as six million women went on strike, an action that was held almost 40 years after women in Iceland staged a "day off" to protest gender discrimination.
The "unusually high number" of call-outs may be connected with the "Day Without a Woman" nationwide protest and social media campaign, schools superintendent Alvin Crawley said in a statement Monday.
"Mom on Strike" might be a reality in some homes today.
"One would be to take the day off of work if that's a possibility". But how much would it hurt the USA economy if every woman in America actually took the day off from work? It's an occassion that's been around for decades, but this year the organizers of the Women's March on Washington have coordinated a "Day Without a Woman" as part of the larger International Women's Strike.
Organizers are calling for women to take the day off work and are urging them not to spend money Wednesday. Camira Powell, who works for a women's human rights organization, Global Fund For Women, says her way of advocating for gender equality "is doing my job".
Protests and marches are expected across the country today as thousands of women commemorate the struggle for women's rights.
The group says "anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman". This one that reminds women to always support other women: 6.