The day after the 2017 presidential inauguration proved to be even more historical than the day of. Organized by the efforts of three women of color, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour, the Women’s March took to a national and global stage to send a message to Trump, his presidency, his supporters, and the whole world saying “We are here, and we are ready.” The inaugural protest inspired and empowered so many, but left the question “What next?” hanging on all our tongues. Now we have the answer. The organizers of the Women’s March have organized A Day Without Women– a general strike scheduled for International Women’s Day, March 8. They made the announcement on the Women’s March instagram account, and on their website they’ve posted an outline of all the ways we can participate including taking the day off, abstaining from shopping for the day (except for small, women- and minority- owned businesses), and wearing red.
In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy’s #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch