On February 17th, a few weeks following the Women’s March On Washington, the organizers announced that there would be a “General Strike: A Day Without A Woman.”
The movement was inspired by the January 21st Women’s March on Washington, protesting Donald Trump’s presidency. The Women’s March was a successful peaceful protest, where over 1 million women rallied across the U.S, and zero arrests were made.
The campaign is described as an act for “equality, justice and human rights.”
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.
Participants of the strike are encouraged to three things:
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
— Women Worldwide Ini. (@Women_Worldwide) March 2, 2017
The movement has been met with mixed reactions, with participants and skeptics taking to twitter, and other media outlets to express their feelings.
— Maxim Dmitriev (@max_dmitriev07) March 1, 2017
"A day without women"
Sounds like a way for the machines to capture 51% of the compute and perform double-spend attacks. Don't fall for this
— SwiftOnSecurity (@SwiftOnSecurity) February 25, 2017
Among the crowd generated, “A Day Without A Woman” should see a tremendous amount of support from fellow protestors. Despite some of the negative reactions, the overall feedback towards the campaign has been positive, with participants from all over the US.
Organizers of the strike are encouraging all who partake in the movement to be a part of it anyway that they can.