Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day and a “Day Without A Woman” Strike. For those of you going on strike that day – all the power to you! It’s no secret that the local environmental movement has a super-majority of women as staff and volunteers. In fact, our entire staff at Committee for Green Foothills is female. Needless to say, I would hate to think what our region would look like if not for women taking action. Whether or not you are going on strike on Wednesday, there are many ways to recognize The “Day Without A Woman.”
- Don’t Shop. Women are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of purchases made in the United States. So, by refraining from shopping, you’re reminding businesses and the government of your purchasing power. If you need something on March 8, get it the day before or get it from businesses owned by women or minorities to lend your support to the people who need it most.
- Wear Red. Another action the Women’s March organizers suggest is wearing red to show solidarity with women. Red is the color of revolution. Even if you’re all in the office, a group of people sitting at their desks in red sends a message that’s impossible to ignore.
- Make A Donation. Even just a small donation to an organization like Planned Parenthood, the National Organization For Women, or the Ms. Foundation For Women, can help people fight back against some of the government’s recent attacks on women and other marginalized groups.
- Call A Representative. Another way to push for women’s rights is to contact your local representative. You can find yours by looking up your zip code on the House of Representatives website. As Bustle’s Bronwyn Isaac writes, you don’t need to be a legal expert to make a request. Your call can be as simple as “I’m calling today from _________ to urge Senator/Representative _________ to support a woman’s right to choose in the United States and to do everything in their power to support women’s health and reproductive rights.”