#DayWithoutAWoman: some of us strike; we all wear red

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:

Some women took to the streets:

Many wore red:

And some were even arrested:

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:

 

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:

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.

 

 

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