PHILADELPHIA (AP) — American women stayed home from work, zipped up their wallets, wore red and joined rallies across the country to demonstrate their economic clout Wednesday as part of International Women’s Day events around the globe.

The Day Without a Woman protest in the U.S. was put together by organizers of the vast women’s marches that were held coast-to-coast the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

School districts including those in Prince George’s County, Maryland; Alexandria, Virginia; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, canceled classes because so many teachers and other employees were expected to be out. In Providence, Rhode Island, the municipal court closed for lack of staff members.

Rallies were planned in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Washington and Berkeley, California. Some businesses and institutions said they would either close or give female employees the day off.

Monique LaFonta Leone, a 33-year-old health care consultant in Colorado Springs, Colorado, had to work but put on a red shirt in solidarity and donated to charity, including Planned Parenthood.

“I have bills to pay, but I wanted to make my voice heard, no matter how quiet,” she said. “I also wanted to make a statement to say that women are doing it for themselves. We’re out here in the workforce and making a difference every day.”

The U.S. event coincided with the U.N.-designated International Women’s Day. Germany’s Lufthansa airline had six all-female crews flying from several cities in the country to Berlin. Sweden’s women’s soccer team replaced the names on the backs of their jerseys with tweets from Swedish women. Finland announced a new $160,000 International Gender Equality Prize. Women also held rallies in Tokyo and Madrid.

In the U.S., spokeswoman Cassady Findlay said organizers of A Day Without a Woman were inspired by the Day Without an Immigrant protest held last month.

Women were urged to take part in local rallies and refrain from shopping in stores or online. Some criticized the strike, warning that many women cannot afford to miss work or find child care. Organizers asked those unable to skip work to wear red.

Findlay said the action was aimed at highlighting the importance of women to the country’s socio-economic system and demonstrating how the paid and unpaid work of women keeps households, communities and economies running.

“We provide all this value and keep the system going and receive unequal benefits from it,” she said.

She added that it is important for white women to be in solidarity with minority women: “It’s when women of all backgrounds strike and stand together that we’re really going to see the impact.”

Lovely Monkey Tattoo, a female-owned tattoo parlor in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, offered female-centric tattoos with messages like “Nevertheless, She Persisted” — a reference to the recent silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor — for $50 to $100, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

Trump took to Twitter and asked others to join him in “honoring the critical role of women” in the U.S. and around the world. He tweeted that he has “tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.”

Women make up more than 47 percent of the U.S. workforce and are dominant among registered nurses, dental assistants, cashiers, accountants and pharmacists, according to the census.

They make up at least a third of physicians and surgeons, and the same with lawyers and judges. Women also represent 55 percent of all college students.

At the same time, American women earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. The median income for women was $40,742 in 2015, compared with $51,212 for men, according to census data.

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9 thoughts on “Women Go On Strike In US To Show Their Economic Clout

  1. Unfortunately a day without women was (overall) a failure. Mostly because a lot of women couldn’t afford to take a day off, and lose pay. Then people like Wendy Williams, and I’m sorry but even Sybil, Sherri Shepherd, and Kim didn’t support the cause. Excuses, excuses, excuse. Which is why women will never have true power……bc we don’t stick together when it really matters

  2. specialt757 on said:

    A friend of mine told me yesterday while at lunch he overheard these 3 caucasian women, 2 college students and one parent, discussing the women’s day “strike”, they said it was for ethnic women. Dang I though it was for all women.

  3. chris on said:

    MYTH: Women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns—for doing the same work.
    FACTS: No matter how many times this wage gap claim is decisively refuted by economists, it always comes back. The bottom line: the 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week. When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing.
    Wage gap activists say women with identical backgrounds and jobs as men still earn less. But they always fail to take into account critical variables. Activist groups like the National Organization for Women have a fallback position: that women’s education and career choices are not truly free—they are driven by powerful sexist stereotypes. In this view, women’s tendency to retreat from the workplace to raise children or to enter fields like early childhood education and psychology, rather than better paying professions like petroleum engineering, is evidence of continued social coercion. Here is the problem: American women are among the best informed and most self-determining human beings in the world. To say that they are manipulated into their life choices by forces beyond their control is divorced from reality and demeaning, to boot.

  4. The hand that rocks the cradle-SHOULD RULE THE WORLD!!!!!!
    It is unfortunate these days WOMEN must MARCH to get their points across.

    FYI-If there were no FEMALES-there would be no PEOPLE.
    We are the ones who GIVE BIRTH!!!!!!!!!!

    There is a WAR on Women when it comes to OUR BODIES and the decisions being made for us by MEN.

    This should not be!
    Men need to Stay OUT OF OUR WOMBS and out of OUR BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A WOMEN’s WORTH IS PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • chris on said:

      I am all for staying out of women’s wombs. I want women’s hands off my wallet when it comes to abortion. We need to defund Planned Parenthood, no mammogram machines, no pre-natal care, no biopsies, just abortions. Pro-life women are not welcome at these “marches.”

      • Diane on said:

        How about you closing your damn mouth and get off this website. The walls are caving In on your prez Russian ties. We’ll see how much talking your fake ass do then.

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