The Women's March organisers are now planning a general strike
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 4:02
Now organizers have sealed the deal: Women will stay home from work, abstain from housework and cease performing emotional labor on March 8 - International Women's Day. In the meantime, organizers say supporters can ask themselves of businesses in their communities: "Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression?"
The Women's March was a historic event for the US - millions of women joined protests across the country and around the world to speak up for the rights women are in danger of losing under a Republican government - but that wasn't enough for the event's organizers. Unfortunately, Icelandic women still don't receive equal pay (I mean, who does?), but the strike did correlate with the election of the world's first democratically-elected female president, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, five years later. "Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off desctruction and steal the futures of our children?" Exact details of the campaign are still to be released, but it is believed women around the world will be encouraged to strike against their usual daily chores and jobs for 24 hours. While there have been calls for a general strike for some time, the organizers have chosen March 8 (International Woman's Day) to continue their protests. By giving all women the opportunity to make their voices heard, A Day Without A Woman has the potential to not only be the biggest protest in modern history, but the most effective. A strike of this nature helps show why people are important in what they do.
That being said, the organizers of the Women's March include activists who are well aware of the issues at play, and the importance of making events like this inclusive.
The organizers have not elaborated exactly what the Day Without A Woman will entail, but notes at the end of the announcement post, "Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you". Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint.