How different would the world be if every women disappeared all at once? That’s the goal behind today’s event titled “women’s day”, where women all around the nation plan on protesting by acting like they don’t exist for a day. The purpose is to show how valuable females are to our society, where many women feel that they are undervalued in many areas.
“A Day Without a Woman” is encouraging women to skip out on both school and work. They are also asked to avoid going shopping and online purchases to demonstrate how the market is effected as well.
The protest has been orchestrated by the same leaders that coordinated the Women’s March on Washington back in January. They cited that this will show “the economic power and significance that women have on both the United States and global economies”.
While the organization has originated out of the United States, it is also being done in other parts of the world as well. There are 50 countries in total that have events scheduled. Some of the biggest areas include Bosnia, Hong Kong, Guatemala, and Pakistan. This information comes from the International Women’s Strike social media page on Facebook. In just the United States alone there are 400 rallies and marches planned across the nation.
There are some school districts that plan on closing for the day due to the protest. A study that came out of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Institute for Statistics showed that around 87 percent of all elementary school teachers are women. If a large number of women intend on participating, it will make it difficult for some schools to continue normal activity.