A Day Without Women Is Like A Day Without…?
Feminism Of The 99%
The feminist movement is not new. Far from it. Some might even say it’s tired — tired of fighting the gender-based inequality that has plagued society for ages. In these modern times, it is hard to comprehend that women are still battling for reproductive rights, but here we are. And a fresh spark has recently been ignited for feminists worldwide. The nasty women and lady bosses have come out of the woodwork, invigorated and hungry for change and social justice once and for all.
From Millennial yogis fortunate to have received their Gardasil shots by the time they became sexually active to hardened grandmas who have been around since Eleanor Roosevelt was nominated to the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission, women across the nation have been channeling their inner Rosie The Riveter and taking it to the streets. The International Women’s March that took place on January 21 attracted droves of women who came out to show their support for each other and for basic human rights. Millions of women marched for countless reasons, but primarily to show their utter disdain with the deeper social problems of late.
“We’re Not Going Away”
International Women’s Day — which (fun fact!) actually is not an officially recognized holiday in the United States — takes place annually on March 8. And this year, the same organizers that collaborated to promote the Women’s March are encouraging women and allies to participate in A Day Without Women. Through this one-day demonstration of economic solidarity, this group of progressive social activists seeks to “recognize the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system.” A Day Without Women strives to acknowledge that, despite making up nearly half of the national workforce (and influencing roughly 73% of all household spending), women still “receive lower wages, experience greater inequities and are vulnerable to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.”
By encouraging women to take action by (a) taking the day off from both paid and unpaid labor (b) avoid shopping for one day and (c) wearing red in solidarity, the organizers and activists behind the movement hope to bring attention to women’s worth and their enormous contribution to society. Inspired by last month’s A Day Without Immigrants, where immigrant-owned and operated businesses across the country closed their doors for a day, A Day Without Women seeks to have a similar effect. Whether or not the strike will significantly impact the economy or simply serve as a psychological reminder that women matter is yet to be determined.
Ah, the buzzword of the year. Some would argue that A Day Without Women is “a strike for privileged protesters.” Not everyone can just print out the template letter, give it to their employer and spend the day not earning money and resisting the urge to be a good consumer. Mortgage payments are real and hungry bellies can’t be ignored. While striking is one of the oldest forms of protest — demonstrating the power of individual workers over large corporations, blatantly drawing attention to both economic and social issues — it’s not just that easy for some people to skip a day of work.
And if only the women who are in a position of such comfort and #privilege can afford to take the day off of work as a form of protest, is that really effective anyway? In short: yes. The women who can afford to protest are protesting for the women who can not. For the minority and lower class women, women of color, immigrant women, men who identify as women, women who identify as men, nonconforming women, old women, young women, vulnerable women — everyone has a role to play. Those who are able to protest do so to stand together in solidarity for everyone, giving a voice to those who have none.
“Social activism is not a privilege. It is a necessity born out of a moral imperative and an imminent threat.” -womensmarch.com
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In the era where you can get away with passively protesting with frivolous hashtags on social media and donating to Planned Parenthood from the comfort of your couch, why get up and motivate? Does your voice actually make a difference? Yes. Even if you can’t afford to skip a day of work, you can make a difference by standing in solidarity with your sisters, empowering both yourself and other women. Acknowledge the movement, explain it to others, vocalize your point of view. Explain to those who don’t understand why women are marching, why women are striking and what women stand for. At the end of the day, it’s not just about women’s rights, but basic human rights. It’s about respect and decency and most importantly, it’s about love
Poke The Bear
From Coco Chanel and Betty Friedan to Hillary Clinton and Madonna, a woman has been literally shouting from the rooftops, demanding equal rights and respect. Whether you’re moved by Ani DiFranco and Beyonce lyrics or episodes of Broad City and Girls, modern day pop culture is hemorrhaging feminism. Don’t leave it to Oprah or Emma Watson to stand up for you — celebrities get more media coverage, but regular ol’ civilian women, en masse, can get their voices heard… and just as loudly.
To quote their website, A Day Without Woman will recognize the “indispensable role in the daily functions of life in all of the society, through paid & unpaid, seen & unseen labor.” While this might feel like an intangible achievement, ideally the impact of A Day Without Woman will run deeper than merely a tip of the hat to the female sex. The strike will get the ball rolling, start the conversation and instigate more grassroots movements. It will poke the bear, so to speak. And we must continue to poke.
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