Hey everyone! I’m writing to let everyone know about this Wednesday’s A Day Without A Woman strike and my own personal thoughts about it.
It’s been comforting to see the ripple effect caused by the Women’s March all over the country and what has come from that. I’ve been trying to stay active as much as I can, though I admit, it never seems like enough. I was interested when I heard about the upcoming women’s strike (or A Day Without A Woman) that was being promoted by the Women’s March. At first I thought “how is me not working on my small business going to help the government take notice of gender inequality?” and more importantly “what about all of the women that can’t afford to just skip work? aren’t many of those women the ones being ignored or mistreated in the first place??” I highly recommend reading through the info on the Women’s March website, which is chock full of reasons why to participate as well as a letter to send to your employer if you are planning to not go into work. Here’s a succinct explanation from their faq
” The goal is to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women and gender nonconforming people continue to face. We play an indispensable role in the daily functions of life in all of society, through paid & unpaid, seen & unseen labor. “
Another aspect that helped convince me of the importance of a strike was reading about the Icelandic women’s strike of 1975. About 90% of the women in the country went on strike for a day in a demand for equal rights. Since so many women didn’t work, they basically shut down the entire country and really opened the eyes of many men to see the necessity for gender equality. Afterwards, laws were passed to ensure equality and five years later the first democratically-elected female president in the world was elected in Iceland.
As I mentioned earlier, I completely understand that not everyone can take the day off of work. In chatting with my friend Susan about this, she brought up a need for a bigger blackout than planned: social media silence. In many ways, I feel more visible and active on social media than I do in working for my small business from home. Almost all of my friends are small business owners, freelancers or writers and likely feel the same way. Also, this is a great way to participate in the strike without skipping work if you’re unable to.
So all of this is to say: I’ll be on strike on Wednesday, March 8th. I’ll be doing the least amount of work I possibly can, I’ll be absent from all social media platforms, I’ll be wearing red in solidarity and I’ll be supporting only small women-owned businesses. I hope you’ll join in and please feel free to share the graphic above by Marisol Muro on your social channels to let your network know!