Wednesday March 8, is International Women’s Day, and this year it’s also the Day Without A Woman. In case you’ve been ignoring the media (yay you! – we support taking periodic media breaks), the organizers of the Women’s March are currently mobilizing for a national strike by women.
Here are the basics:
- Do no paid or unpaid work. Meaning, strike if you’re employed. Don’t handle any of the household chores.
- Don’t spend money.
- Wear red in solidarity.
This is a very cool game plan but not doable for everyone. I am self-employed, and candidly I can’t ignore my clients for a full business day. At least, not if I want to keep those clients.
So here are suggestions for how to participate even if you can’t go all-in.
Don’t Buy Anything.
This is the most important thing you can do. Women make 70-80% of all household purchases in the United States, so if we can all refrain from buying anything for one day we’ll remind corporate America of our collective purchasing power.
If you must spend money on Wednesday, try to buy from a female-owned business or small local business.
And then the day after the protest, spend your money with businesses supportive of the protest. #GrabYourWallet remains an excellent resource for sorting companies to boycott vs. companies to buy from.
We’re also longtime fans of Birchbox (founded by two badass women, one of whom currently serves as CEO!), and they have some very cool stuff planned in solidarity.
On March 9, Birchbox will be offering a 20.4% Wage Gap discount to represent the average difference between men’s and women’s pay. They’re donating a portion of the proceeds from sales to The Girl Project, a nonprofit supporting girls’ education around the world. They’re also holding an in-house training for their employees (most of whom are women) called “Advocating For Yourself”, about how to advance your career and ask for what you need. We love all of this.
If you hear of any other companies supporting the Day Without Women, please let us know in the comments or shoot us an email. We’ll update this post!
Wear Red, and Share on Social Media.
Picture this: you walk into your office and every single woman there is dressed in red. You hit the grocery store on your way home, and every single woman there is dressed in red too. Same thing on the subway. Same thing at the gym. Same thing EVERYWHERE.
Can you imagine the message this will send, both in your community and more broadly throughout the country? In the age of social media, this kind of imagery is powerful. So wear red, take pictures, and share them far and wide.
Call Your Representatives.
This is a good day to place a few quick phone calls. We’d suggest speaking out in favor of national paid family leave, or perhaps speaking out against the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Whatever cause is nearest and dearest to your heart, make sure your Representatives and Senators know your views.
Need their contact information? Want scripts to help with your phone calls? Why, luckily we just happen to have those handy! Head over to this post for our guide to making your voice heard.
Whether you’re striking or not, we stand with you in love and solidarity.