Day Without A Woman: Women's March organizers urge women to strike, wear red on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (ABC7) - The organizers of January's Women's March on Washington are urging women and supporters to strike and wear red on Wednesday as part of an International Women's Day protest.

"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," the organization's website reads.

Alexandria City (Virginia) Public Schools announced Monday that they will close the district’s 16 schools on the day of the strike after 300 teachers requested leave for the day.

On the Women's March site, this is how organizers are calling on protesters to show their support Wednesday:

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.
Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

As part of the planning, organizers have created a series of templates for participants to use to notify their jobs of their absence and show support.

"Dear [INSERT NAME OF SUPERVISOR]," The letter to employers reads. "I am writing to inform you that in honor of International Women’s Day, I will not be working on Wednesday, March 8th, as part of the Women’s March’s A Day Without A Woman."

Click here to download the full time off letter template, which can be viewed here:

"[Your personal greeting], Thank you for your email," The automated out-of-office email response template reads. "I’m out of the office today to participate in the Women’s March on Washington’s Day Without A Woman in observance of International Women’s Day."

Click here to see the full e-mail auto-response.

The organizers have also created 15 graphics for participants to download and use on social media.

Some of the graphics aim at spreading the message:

Other graphics are made for businesses who will close for the day as part of the demonstration:

Click here to see and download any of those 15 graphics.

Locally, D.C. area events are popping up on Facebook as part of International Women's Day.

The "Women Workers Rising" event, aimed at ending "workplace violence and harassment" and to "promote pay equity", is slated to take place Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Labor.

Laughing Hyena Tattoos in Northwest D.C. "will be offering special tattoo design's in support of woman all over the world" with $20 of those $40 tattoos going to Planned Parenthood, according to the Facebook event..

Wednesday's planned demonstration comes more than a month after the Women's March, which saw hundreds of thousands of protesters flock to the National Mall and about three weeks after Day Without Immigrants protesters marched through D.C. to the White House.

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