There’s nothing more fashionable than standing up for yourself and that’s what women have been doing for decades on International Women’s Day, always celebrated on March 8th. (1909 was the year of the first organized Women’s Day held in New York). But this year the day is supersized as women across the globe are ready for day of action, called International Women’s Strike or A Day Without a Woman.
The intent is to highlight issues such as reproductive rights, equal pay and opportunity, gender violence, and environmental justice. Ways to participate are:
- (if you can) stay home from your job, or leave early and refrain from all labor
- don’t shop except at small, local, and women or minority owned establishments
- wear red in solidarity with the movement
Women from over 50 countries organized International Women’s Strike after the success of the Women’s March in January. They say:
In the spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States March 8th will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women.
March 8th will be the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.
Yes, we persist!