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Schools and businesses across the US will shutter for the 'Day Without a Woman' strike


international womens day 2017
Women
march during the International Women’s Day March and Rally on
March 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The rally is a lead up
to the annual International Women’s Day on March
8.

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On March 8 — in celebration of International Women’s
Day
and in defiance of the Trump administration — women and
gender non-conforming people around the country will go on strike
for A Day
Without a Woman
.

The strike was planned by the same organizers as the
Women’s March
, a worldwide protest in January that
had millions of participants around the world.

For women who can’t miss work, the organizers say they can wear
red in solidarity and avoid shopping (except at women or
minority-owned businesses). Organizers are also
planning walkouts, rallies and marches in cities
around the US.

Several businesses and schools have announced that they will
close in anticipation of the strike.

So far,
all 18 public schools
in Alexandria,
Virginia; 
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City
Schools in North Carolina; The New School in New York
City; and the
Maple Street preschool
in Brooklyn have said they will
shutter. 

Over 300 Alexandria Public School staff members have asked
for the day off, according to the district website . Approximately 12,300
students will stay home in North Carolina, and the day will be
optional for teachers,
according to
The New York Times.

It is my determination that we will not have enough
staff to safely run our school district,” Chapel
Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ i
nterim superintendent, Jim
Causby, said in

a note.

A number of businesses have also said they will close
or show support in other ways, including Violette
Bakery
 and Belly Wine
Bar
 in Boston, Pizzeria
Paradiso
 in DC, and Brick
House Art Gallery and 
Tres
Hermanas Mexican Restaurant
in
Sacramento.

Organizers are encouraging men to help with domestic
responsibilities and to rally alongside women for various issues,
including equal pay and paid parental leave.

The goal is to stand up for gender equality, and to show how
valuable women are to American society, they organizers write . The first
International Women’s Day (IWD) took place in February
1909, when 15,000 women
marched in New York City and demanded higher pay,
shorter hours, and voting rights.
A larger strike
 for IWD, in which over 50 countries are
expected to participate, will happen in conjunction with the Day
Without a Woman strike.

When millions of us stood together in January, we saw
clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear,
greed and hatred,” the Women’s March organizers say . “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.”

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