Tomorrow, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is also intended to encourage actions that help advance gender equality.
In honor of IWD, women across the country will join together in a demonstration of “economic solidarity.” The strike has been called “ A Day Without a Woman,” and aims to shed light on the current work for the equity, justice, and human rights of women.
This economic display is one of love and freedom, intended to showcase the importance of women without harming others. “A Day Without a Woman” recognizes the insurmountable value that women of all backgrounds, ages, skin colors, and skill levels add to our socio-economic system—while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.
Every woman, or man who supports his daughter, wife, sister, mother, friend, or co-worker, can join in “A Day Without a Woman,” in one or all of the following ways:
1. Women take the day off.
This can be from work, from volunteering, from internships, and may be harder for some people, but is certainly possible for others. There are school districts across the country that are closing due to teacher’s absences. That is a big deal. That is impactful and impossible to ignore. I know it’s a long shot, but can you imagine what would happen if every single woman were to call in “sick” tomorrow? Our country would basically stop for the day. Because we all know even the most powerful man is nothing without a woman telling him what to do. Ok… I’m kidding. But it’s an interesting concept to think of what would happen without the female surgeon, the female teacher, the stay at home mom, the woman general manager. White women make 79 percent of what white men make, and Black and Latina women make even less. Insane, right? So for those of you who can take the day off—DO IT. We deserve 100% of the wages our male counterparts are making, because the world may not stop turning without us, but society as we know it could not exist.
2. Avoid shopping for one day.
Women are responsible for 70 to 80% of purchases made in the US. Purchasing power is true power, and by keeping yourself out of stores, you’re reminding businesses and the government of who is the boss. If you need something on March 8, get it the day before or buy it from businesses owned by women. (In case you forgot, By Grace is entirely owned and run by women, who also employ women… Just saying.)
3. Wear red in solidarity with “A Day Without A Woman”
It’s hard to ignore a woman in red, even more so if there is a group of you in red. This is a great conversation starter and a reminder that we are not alone. We are in the fight for gender equality together.
4. Make a donation to your favorite non-profit.
This charity can be any one of your choosing. Many non-profits have specific missions that strive to empower women, and others are run strictly by women. Giving is a sign that you are putting your money where your mouth is. Investing in women will ultimately benefit us all. By Grace is an excellent choice if you're passionate about educating women. Others are donating to Planned Parenthood or their local Domestic Abuse Center or the Girl Scouts. Whatever inspires you and empowers women is a winning donation in our book.
“A Day Without a Woman” is inspired and run by the women who organized the successful “Women’s March” a couple of months ago. On the “Women’s March” website they call their sisters to action:
When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred. Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.
Here at By Grace, our entire life is about loving women, believing in women, seeing the good and the possibility in each and every “she.” So join us. Wear red. Don’t shop. And if you can, take the day off. Because the world needs us. And we deserve full compensation and rights for our contributions.
Until next time,