This event by far the stupidest, most inane, least friendly to working women idea I’ve ever heard of.
The creators want women to stay home from work and boycott stores that don’t have women working or are women owned. Must be a whole lot of dumb blondes who thought this up.
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
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
So let’s see, if I am a working mom, I’m supposed to give up a day’s pay to stay home and do what? Watch TV and eat bon bons? And my boss is going to say, sure, I’m down with that, take the day off? It’s not a sick day, and really, you’d be willing to take a personal day to wear red? If I were your boss and you asked for a personal day for A Day Without a Women, I’d laugh, then I’d say No and if you insist, I’d say You’re Fired.
To not engage in Unpaid Work? So if I’m a dedicated volunteer to a local libray or museum or any civic group, I’m supposed to abandon my obligation so the men in these groups will appreciate me more? What kind of backasswards thought is that?
The Number Two suggestion struck me as quite sexist actually: Don’t shop for one day? Is that to say women can’t go one day without shopping? Holy cow.
This is the template for the letter you are asked to submit to your employer. Stupid is as stupid does.
Dear [INSERT NAME OF SUPERVISOR],
I am writing to inform you that in honor of International Women’s Day, I will not be working on Wednesday, March 8th, as part of the Women’s March’s A Day Without A Woman.
The Women’s March organized this day in the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the march on January 21, 2017. A Day Without A Woman is a recognition of the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — and the pervasive and systemic gender-based inequalities that still exist within our society, from the wage gap, to vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.
I hope you will stand in support of me, and any of my women colleagues who choose to participate, in observance of this day. Places of employment can participate by closing for the day or giving women workers the day off, whether paid or unpaid. Even more important than the symbolism of standing with women on March 8, the Women’s March is asking all employers to perform an audit of their policies impacting women and families. By ensuring that women have pay equity, a livable wage and paid leave, businesses can demonstrate that their long-term actions align with the values we are standing up for on this day.
I am extremely dedicated to my work at [INSERT NAME OF EMPLOYER]. I respect the value of work, and I respect [INSERT NAME OF EMPLOYER]’s values. At an increasingly insecure time for the rights of women and other minority groups, it is important to me that I also stand for the value of equality. I hope you will support me in my decision.
Two districts school in Virginia are closed while women teachers are in solidarity with this march. This truly is wrong. If I’m a working mom and my kids teachers go on strike for the day, I have to take the day off or hire someone to care for my children? How on earth is this pro-women? It’s not, not in the least.
A Day Without a Woman seems perfect for spoiled rich progressives, women who aren’t working 9-5 to keep ahead of the next bill or working to put food on the table for themselves or their children.
Like the Women’s March in January, the naive women organizers of today’s protest who think these events are remotely productive might want to visit the Middle East then see how good women actually DO have it here.
I come from a long line of very strong women. Women who are successful, whether out in the workforce or successful as wives and mothers. I don’t define my entire being by my gender. I am not invincible. I am not Wonder Woman. I am complex, and like most women I know, I juggle lots during a day or week or year.
I’ve got a very busy day today with no time for such frivolities as wearing red. Actually, I should wear black, in mourning for the loss of real women who understand that a woman is a cog in the wheels of life.