(NOTE: This blog entry is being written by a male-in-solidarity with the “A Day Without A Woman” strike, because all the LPJL women are out on strike today!)
It’s “A Day Without A Woman!” Without any of them here, in fact. Today the LPJL clubhouse is quiet, but only because all the women of Lady Parts are out kicking ass and raising hell awareness.
On this International Women’s Day, women across the world are striking, speaking out, boycotting, and doing everything that they can for the cause of all women and gender-oppressed people! “A Day Without A Woman” is being sponsored by the organizers of the historic Women’s March. As they explain on their website:
In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing 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. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.
What can you do? Do what you can! The organizers recommend
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
AND there are kick-ass events planned at locations all over America. Find one near you.
Not everyone has the opportunity or the resources to participate in every way that they would like to, and that fact is being recognized as well. Many poor women, especially Women of Color, don’t have the luxury of ditching work today. As the website FAQ’s explain “We strike for them. Women and allies with greater privilege are called to leverage that resource for social good on March 8th.”
The important thing is that everyone should do whatever they do. Now get out there and agitate. I’ve got housework to do.