Images of the Statue of Liberty shrouded in darkness on the eve of the ‘A Day Without a Woman’ strike went viral on social media overnight after a “temporary, unplanned outage” at the landmark site led some Women’s March campaigners to jokingly claim that “Lady Liberty” was “standing with the resistance.”
Lights around the iconic statue reportedly blacked out at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night before eventually being restored approximately an hour and a half later. According to a representative from the National Parks Service, the outage was likely the result of “a new emergency backup generator that is part of [the] last remaining Hurricane Sandy recovery projects.”
The timing of the blackout — just minutes before the beginning of the “A Day Without a Woman” general strike on International Women’s Day — nonetheless left some activists feeling like even Lady Liberty had decided to take the day off in protest. Whatever actually happened, it was most definitely a poetic turn of events.
Thank you Lady Liberty for standing with the resistance and going dark for #DayWithoutAWoman 🗽
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
Women who plan to participate in the strike are being asked to take the day off from all labor — paid or unpaid. Men and women alike — including those unable to participate in the strike themselves — are being asked to wear red as a show of solidarity.
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