Washingtonian

If You Can Strike on “A Day Without Women,” Do It for Those Who Can’t

Published March 7, 2017

On Wednesday, many women across the country will abstain from paid and unpaid labor for the A Day Without a Woman protest. The strike is shaping up to be much less popular than the Women’s March that birthed it: first, because taking a day off of all work is significantly harder than donating a Saturday. Second, it’s not exactly clear what the strike’s objectives are.

Let’s start with the first point: In all likelihood, many of the women who stay home Wednesday will be able to do so without jeopardizing their jobs or ability to pay living expenses. This is what activists call privilege, and you can read any number of articles that criticize A Day Without a Woman for that reason. Some people are opting to go to work, but plan to show support by wearing red or patronizing women-owned businesses.

But even if you can take the day off, your absence may be felt in ways you didn’t expect. In Alexandria, so many staffers took time off that the school district was forced to close. This means working parents are forced to find child care, which can be difficult and expensive. Statistics show child care workers are mostly female, yet tomorrow we need them to work more so Alexandria moms without sick leave or vacation benefits don’t lose their jobs. In effect, the burden of the strike gets pushed off to other women…read more here.

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