March 8 is International Women’s Day and women around the country are participating in strikes to send a message about equality.
First came the historic Women’s March following President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Today, women have called for strike in order to “demand social provision and labor rights” for women.
Today’s strike is referred to as “A Day Without a Woman”. This is similar to the “Day Without Immigrants” that took place a few weeks ago. It is a call to the nation to recognize feminist politics as intersectional. It is a fight for the women who are not recognized in mainstream media. The Guardian termed it as “feminism for the 99%”.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 2, 2017
The Women’s international Strike USA organizer spoke to Complex to describe the nature of these strikes. She said that, “the strike’s organizer’s see the actions of March 8 as contributing to a process of rebuilding a political opposition in this country based on radical politics including anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anti-imperialism and anti-sexism”.
While these strikes may not be as monumental as the Women’s marches on January 21st, it is still sending a message about the recognition of all women in mainstream society.