How did you spend International Women’s Day this week? I didn’t ‘strike,’ per se–nobody would blink if I missed a lecture. I didn’t do my homework, but that’s par for the course for grad school. But I was watching the day’s events and cheering for you all in solidarity!
Some women took part in the strike:
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) March 9, 2017
Some women took to the streets:
— Bourree Lam (@bourreelam) March 8, 2017
Many wore red:
— McSpocky™ 👽 (@mcspocky) March 9, 2017
And some were even arrested:
— Paola Mendoza (@paolamendoza) March 9, 2017
Some men and women spoke out in criticism of the movement, citing the fact that not all women have the privilege to strike. I’ll say that I am happy to see the conversation elevated to this level. To their credit, the Women’s March organisers took pains to respond to this criticism by publicising many other ways women could be involved in #DayWithoutAWoman that didn’t risk their jobs:
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 9, 2017
White middle-class women can always do more to be inclusive to those who don’t benefit from race and class privilege in America. I do want to say some props for the organisers, if it’s my place to do so, because (1) the organisers did make a concerted effort to be inclusive, and (2) frankly, striking is fundamentally not an act borne of privilege. I couldn’t say it better than @MaryEmilyOHara:
The entire point of a strike is that you DON'T have privilege and your labor is your only value, so you wield it. #daywithoutawoman
— Marrie Smalls (@MaryEmilyOHara) March 8, 2017
Let’s be diligent, let’s communicate, let’s listen to those relatively disadvantaged by systems of oppression–and, if you were privileged with the ability to strike on Wednesday without losing your job, continue to keep in mind those who couldn’t do the same. And if I could have one Women’s Day wish, I hope we can all appreciate what we have accomplished so far (we still have a long way to go!) and celebrate the massive surge of awareness and support for #InternationalWomensDay around the world.
If you find yourself part of a community that debates whether actions against fascism are a form of privilege, run like hell.
— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) March 9, 2017