March 8 is International Womens Day. In honor of this day, millions of women are on strike around the U.S. in solidarity of #DayWithoutAWoman. This event is one of many put on by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington. Today women are rallying for equal rights for women, equal work, equal pay, the right to choose, those killed due to police brutality, racial justice, freedom, among other issues that greatly affect women. Women were also urged to wear red today.
“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,” organizers said.
Organizers have made it no secret that their demonstrations are in oppositions of Donald Trump’s policies and administration. They want to go down in history as leading the charge against his administration.
Organizers of the event had this to say:
“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.”
The Women’s March on Washington, which took place the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew out over a million people in cities across the US. Since then, the organizers have rolled out a series of “10 actions for the First 100 Days” to channel that grassroots support into further actions to effect social change.
On January 21st, we made a public commitment that we are ready to have each other's backs. That we are ready to see ourselves in another's struggles. Today, as we wear red, the color of revolutionary love and sacrifice, we hope that our commitment to each other is reinforced. Wherever you are, and however you are able to participate, what is most important is that we use the day to dig deep and ask ourselves about how women, and all gender-oppressed people, are treated in our society – from our homes to our communities to our government, from our schools to corporate boardrooms, from bathrooms to hospitals to prisons, from the day we're born until the day we die. Today, we are guided by the principle that reaffirming that gender justice is racial justice is economic justice. Today, people everywhere will again stand up for these foundational values, and will stand together in making a #DayWithoutAWoman a beacon of hope, energy and love.
WHUR is on the ground in Washington, DC at various rallies in the District. Here are a few sights from today’s historic event.
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