To illustrate women’s economic power, the organizers of the mega-successful Women’s March have named March 8 A Day Without a Woman, in conjunction with the International Women’s Strike. Women are encouraged to refrain from paid or unpaid labor, to avoid shopping except for at small, women- or minority-owned businesses, and to wear red in solidarity with the movement.
“March 8th will be the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades-long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad,” according to a statement from the International Women’s Strike USA.
While it’s not possible for many women to walk off of their jobs for the day or to refuse to engage in unpaid labor, especially around work including child care, the event is a good starting place to highlight the power and worth of women.
For A Day Without a Woman we honor 20 queer women from history whose contributions to their fields can hardly be quantified.