A Day Without Women Is Happening
Love Squad, a few weeks ago, we've already announced the upcoming day without women on our blog. With captions like "On January 21st, we marched. On March 8th, we strike. Join us. Keep showing up. Continue to resist." the women behind the "Women's March" are promoting the big event their social media account.
On their official website they explain:
The International Women’s Strike on March 8th, 2017
"The International Women’s Strike on March 8th, 2017 is an international day of action, planned and organized by women in more than 30 different countries.
In the spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States March 8th will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women.
March 8th will be the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.
We celebrate the diversity of the many social groups that have come together for the International Women’s Strike. We come from many political traditions but are united around the following common principles."
A general strike in the United States
A general strike of this magnitude hasn’t taken place in the United States for decades. (This can likely be attributed in some part to the strength and wide participation of European unions.) In the United States, a national strike gets more complicated: It inherently favors women in corporate and high-paying jobs who have more flexibility and less fear of retribution, while non-unionized employees will have a more difficult time, as would a single mother, who can’t exactly take the day off from parenting duties.
The women’s strike also needs to zero in on a cohesive message. This will not be news to the organizers of the Women’s March, which drew criticism for what seemed to some parties like an overly broad agenda. The International Women’s Day strike proposed for March 8 has already announced a focused platform, which will be protesting against male violence and in defense of reproductive rights.
Are you going to strike on March 8?
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