International Women’s Day occurred on March 8th of this year. The organizers of the monumental Women’s March decided to plan A Day Without a Women on this day as well. Women play a huge part in society and nothing would work flawlessly without the presence of women. Girls across the nation wanted to make that very apparent so they came in order to demonstrate economic solidarity.
There were three ways of participating in A Day Without a Women. Women were supposed to take the day off any labor, avoid shopping (stores owned by women or minorities were okay), and to wear red. The color red was chosen by the organizers because it represents revolutionary love and sacrifice. By completing any of these, women and their allies would strike together in order to fight for women’s rights. The main idea of this movement was to establish the fact that women’s rights are human rights.
A Day Without A Woman took inspiration from the Day Without Immigrants which was a successful 2017 strike that demonstrated America would be nothing without immigrants. The Women’s March had humanity allied together to march for several issues that plague the globe. A Day Without A Woman planned to have a greater impact, and it certainly did.
Several rallies occurred across the country like in: New York, Washington D.C., Portland, California and many others. A Washington D.C. suburb named Alexandria had school closings because of A Day Without A Woman. So many of the teachers requested a leave that the superintendent decided to cancel the school day completely. A municipal court in Rhode Island had to close for the day because a large portion of workers decided to take the day off for the movement. The demonstration of equality for all women got some activists arrested in Manhattan. Hundreds of people blocked a Midtown block and the police were not too keen on allowing that.
Millions of women and men, regardless of sexuality, race, and any other difference, came together to advocate for women’s equality. Equity in every section: political, cultural, and economical. The protests gave light to the equality issues in America: abortion, sexuality, race, medical insurance, and many other prominent problems. The participators are not limiting their fight to only March 8th, there will be several more protests for equality in the future until justice for minorities is actually achieved.