‘Day Without a Woman’ Strike Planned for March 8

The event has expanded beyond the mandate to skip work in consideration of women for whom that option isn't possible.

Last year’s Women’s March drew tens of thousands to its rally despite the pouring rain. Photo by Emma Chiang

Do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do businesses strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do businesses align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction & steal the futures of our children? 

Such are the questions asked by organizers of the Women’s March, who are in the process of unveiling their next national act of resistance: a “Day Without a Woman” strike. 

“We saw what happened when millions of us stood together,” organizers state on Twitter. “We know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed & hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman.”

But the announcement of the work strike has drawn criticism from those who believe the Women’s March and its accompanying strike smack of privilege. As hundreds have pointed out in response to the Women’s March tweet announcing the strike, many women can’t afford to take a day off work, due to bills, income levels or the risk of losing their job. 

In addition, the title of the strike drew ire from transgender advocates, spurring the Women’s March organizers to explain on their website that “We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.”

To make the strike more inclusive, it can now encompass any or all of the below efforts:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor

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

  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
  4. Observe a 15 minute moment of silence at 12 noon with others across California. Gather during this time at a local rally (see above), at work with coworkers, at home with family, with friends, or take a quiet moment to yourself.

No predicted numbers of women committed to the strike have been announced, but thousands have RSVPed to an Oakland Women’s Strike. The event will take place on March 8, with a rally planned from 5 to 8 p.m. at Oscar Grant Plaza. More info is available on the Facebook event page.

A Day Without Women – San Francisco herewill include a rally and march with the International Women’s Strike US/ Paro Internacional de Mujeres EUA. From 11 a.m. to 12 noon a rally will be held on the front steps of City Hall. More info can be found .

If making this statement is a cause you support getting behind, drop us a line and let us know how your Day Without a Woman goes: sftalksback@sfweekly.com.

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