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Thousands of Women Will Abstain From Work Tomorrow to Protest Gender Inequality

Thousands of Women Will Abstain From Work Tomorrow to Protest Gender Inequality

A Day Without a Woman

"A Day Without a Woman."

Whether you plan on putting your feet up for a day or demonstrating in the streets, tomorrow is a day of women in revolt.

Regardless of it being paid or unpaid, physical or emotional, feminine labor is historically and presently undervalued. Women make 80 cents for every dollar men make (and your mom made nothing picking up the spoon you threw on the ground over and over and over again when you were a baby).


Coordinated by the organizers behind the post-inauguration Women's March on Washington, March 8th has been dubbed "A Day Without a Woman." Women will be taking off from work, abstaining from any labor they do not wish to do. Even certain schools will be closing for the day in the hopes that that absence of women's work will make visible the vast amount of unseen work that women complete on a daily basis.

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If for either personal or financial reasons you can't abstain from work, there are still ways you can participate. The strike aims to throw a wrench into an economy that does not protect its laborers, so women who can't take the day off are encouraged to avoid shopping to prove how much economic clout women have. You can also donate to your favorite cause that supports women's rights instead. And take a moment to assemble an outfit in all red, the official color of the Women's Strike, which symbolizes "revolutionary love and sacrifice."

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