The organizers behind the wildly successful Women’s March have just announced a date for their next big protest.
On March 8, Women’s March organizers will be spearheading what they’ve named a “Day Without A Woman.”
— Women's March (@womensmarch) February 14, 2017
This protest is designed after the model of a general strike, something that has apparently never in American history picked up enough traction to make a dent on national politics. However, with the January 21st Women’s March under these organizers’ belts, they have a lot to go on in actually making their plans become something huge.
General strikes are, simply, strikes that transcend boundaries of company and industry. Participants in general strikes throughout recent history in Europe, where they are relatively common, have come from an array of companies and industries and have united to protest such broad issues as a horrendously low minimum wage or overall unsafe standards for working conditions. General strikes have also been employed as protest tools against leaders who are hated and/or distrusted by large segments of society. (Think, Donald Trump.)
The Women’s March organizers have not yet announced what the specific actions are that will define participating in the “day without a woman,” but they did post a mission statement of sorts to the official Women’s March Twitter page.
That statement reads, in part:
‘In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman… We ask… Do businesses strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman.’
You can check out the group’s full statement over on their Twitter page.
The Women’s March wasn’t originally envisioned as becoming such a large organization as it has become, but President Trump’s sexism has given the perfect opportunity for such a pro-woman, anti-sexism movement to flourish. Millions of people participated in the event that was the group’s first major effort, the January 21st Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches around the world.
The monumental success of that event has kept the organizers bound together and given them the space to plan new protests, such as the just unveiled “Day Without a Woman.”
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