A Day Without A Woman March 8th 2017
On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.
Have you ever looked around your office and thought, "What would happen if every woman in my department didn't show up for work tomorrow? Who would run this place?
I have many many times. Working in fashion the makeup of my workplaces was 98% women. When I moved over to finance I was surprised to see that the number only dropped to 80%.
Unfortunately in both cases the men who held the minority of jobs were always the executives sitting in offices making all the decisions. It always felt wrong. I always wondered if we didn't show up one day would they realize how much they rely on us.
The Women's March is going to test this theory by making an incredibly bold move making March 8th A Day Without A Woman.
Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
- 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
In the U.S. alone 72 Million women are part of the workforce! Women alone increased the total labor force by 51% in the last 10 years! The incomes of women globally will amount to 18 Trillion by 2018! On top of that women drive 80% of all consumer purchasing!
That's an enormous amount of power for a group of people who are frequently and casually dismissed.
What's shocking is that this is not a new idea. The suggestion that women across America should unite by abstaining from work and purchases for one day to show their strength in our economy has been floating around for over a decade, maybe longer. Kathleen Turner discusses the impact of doing this in this interview from 2012.
It's amazing that we are finally doing something so significant.
If I was still working in an office I would take a chance and stay home March 8th.
But since I am not currently apart of a formal workplace I will be wearing red and abstaining from making any purchases.
I'm so happy to be living in a time when we are taking strides for our equality in society.
For more information on A Day Without A Woman please visit www.womensmarch.com