If you are on Instagram you probably came across the hashtag #adaywithoutawoman by now – but do you know what it’s all about?
This blog post is about:
- why it matters
- what it’s about
- how you can participate
The movement was initiated on January 21, when over 5 Million of us worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C., came to march, speak and make our voices heard in the recent aftermath of the newly elected president of the United States. It was the largest protest in recent history, initiated by women! Wow, yes we did it!
In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. – Women’s March Website
For all these reasons, take one of the below steps to #BeBoldForChange.
Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
why? – women still earn about 77% only of the average male salary #protest
- Avoid shopping for one day except for local or women-owned shops
why? – women are behind 70-80% of all consumer purchases #makeanimpact
- Wear red in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman #RED
- Honor the women in your life by letting them know how much they mean to you #love
Bits of his(her)story:
Back in 1975, the women of Iceland went on strike for the day; refusing to cook, work or look after the children – the country came to a stillstand without women working. That moment changed the way the country looked at their female population and helped put gender equality at the forefront of the country’s concerns and only five years after the strike Iceland elected its first woman president.
I believe in gender justice and the inclusion of half the sky into the discourse of how to make this world a better place. Join with your voice.
Have a wonderful #InternationalWomensDay !!
more inspiration… #loveMadonna. Listen to this woman who has made herstory here on her Woman of the Year 2016 Speech
or listen to the songs she sang on January’s Women’s March in the YouTube vid below.