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‘Army of love’

Women’s March organizers join call for general strike on International Women’s Day

By WITW Staff on February 16, 2017

After the Women’s March on Washington saw millions of people march in more than 75 countries across the world, organizers are hoping to send Donald Trump another message – this time by staying home from work. On Tuesday, organizers of the Women’s March joined with other feminist groups that have called for a general strike on March 8 — International Women’s Day.

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In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch

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“General Strike: A Day Without a Woman” is a protest in support of gender equality and “in the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation,” according to organizers. Similar strikes have been seen in Iceland, when thousands of women left work early to protest the country’s pay gap in October. On “Black Monday” in Poland, women fought against a law that would criminalize all abortions by donning black and refusing to go to work, school, or even do domestic chores.

Further details about plans for “A Day Without a Woman” are expected to be released in the next few weeks, but for now organizers are calling on supporters to do what they can to promote gender equity within their own communities. Even in the face of adversity, they note, “our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred.”

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