What to do when you strike on March 8

Congratulations! You’ve decided to join sisters everywhere in striking on International Women’s Day. But what should you do with yourself with a whole day off?

Follow the strike guidance from Women’s March Organizers:

  1. Take a day off from paid and unpaid labor: Paid labor covers your professional work. Unpaid labor covers everything else you do. That could include making dinner for you family, blogging (yea, I don’t get paid for this), and household chores.
  2. Avoid shopping (with exceptions for small,women owned businesses).
  3. Wear red in solidarity for a Day Without Women: Red is meant to symbolize revolutionary love and sacrifice. It’s also a marker that you are participating.

What to do with your time?

We’ve all agreed not to participate in paid and unpaid work, but we have a whole day and nothing to do! Here are a couple ideas:

  1. Participate in International Women’s Day Events.
  2. Attend a gathering for A Day Without Women.
  3. Host your female friends and allies. Discuss feminism. Make a plan of action to institute change in your community.
  4. Protest. Find a local protest and make your voice heard. If you’re a DC local, join me at the NARAL Stop the Gag Protest. We’ll be meeting at Freedom Plaza at 11AM.

What male allies can I do on March 8th?

Take some time to think about how women influence your life. How do they support you? How can you be more supportive of the women in your life? Lean-in to pick up some work traditionally performed by women such as child-rearing and household chores. Discuss women’s issues in the workplace including equal pay for equal work and paid family leave. Take action in areas that can be improved and make a plan to be a strong ally. Wear red in solidarity with your sisters.

What if I want to take the day off, but cannot?

If you cannot strike, wear red in solidarity. Some people were fired for striking on a day without immigrants. So, if you are worried, that is completely reasonable. If you cannot strike because you perform an essential job or cannot afford to, other women are standing with you.