You might have heard that American women during this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8) were going to hold a strike to demonstrate how important women are to the workforce. The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington announced last month that they were going to host a general strike on International Women’s Day. They have titled the strike as “A Day Without Women”.
Now you may be asking, “What is the greater purpose behind this besides disrupting the workforce? What is so important that you can’t just talk it out?” The second question and variations of it have popped up on my newsfeed frequently, so I must address it.
“A Day Without A Woman” was established to acknowledge “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,” according to the Women’s March organizers, who have been vocal in their support of the strike.
Despite the first line of the photo above, this strike is not limited to just taking a day off of work and marching downtown to strike. For those of us who do not have the luxury of taking off of work, there are other ways you can demonstrate the importance of women’s role in the day-to-day happenings of the United States. Here are a couple:
- You can wear red to showcase your support of the movement. If there is a sea of red wherever heads turn, then it will be a message that we cannot ignore. Something as simple as wearing a color can be enough if finances limit you. And this statement is flexible enough that you can accommodate it to your work dress codes.
- Do not shop. At all. Resist. Resist the shopping needs. According to Forbes, women are the largest consumers in our economy. Women not only buy for themselves, but for their households as well. By not shopping tomorrow, we could create a little blip that shows the true extent of women’s economic influence in society. If you absolutely need to purchase something, do it tonight or the day after tomorrow.
- Show your support online. It takes a minute at most and it will spread the word of what the strike is and what it entails. The more support we show via the interwebs, the stronger and more prevalent the message we are trying to send will be. It’ll also encourage those who are able to strike that they are not doing this alone.
- Tell your story or share observations. With social media at our fingertips, we have storytelling platforms available to all of us. Whether you use Facebook or go anonymous on a blog, perhaps share a personal story or experience that highlights what the Women’s March people are trying to highlight. Examples can focus on gender wage disparity, sexual harassment, etc.
- Bug the heck out of your representatives. Call them up and tell them about the concerns women collectively have regarding the workplace, wages, etc. The more we inform them, the more of a chance they will bring the issue to the table later on.
There are so many possibilities for how we can showcase the message behind “A Day Without Women”. Whether or not we actively go down and strike (and trust me when I say I wish I physically could), there is so much one can do to show support at work or behind a computer screen. Together, perhaps, we can make as big of an impact as we did during the first Women’s March on Washington.