A Day Without A Woman Protest
Let me just start by saying men would not survive a day without women. Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day and in celebration of this, it has been deemed the day for women to highlight their worth by showing the world what it would be like without us. According to USA Today, the organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington in January are taking International Women’s Day as an opportunity to keep their message going. Women are encouraged not to work, not to attend their classes and to participate in walkouts, rallies and marches to remind society just how much of an impact we have on it.
The reason for the protest is to show the economic power of women. In retaliation to the newly-elected president and his new policies, women have come together to protect their hard-fought-for rights. According to NJ.com, A Day Without A Women was the continuation of the Women’s March on Washington which ultimately served as a platform for women’s rights, gay rights, a demand for universal healthcare and a complete resistance against President Trump. Co-chair of the march, Linda Sarsour was quoted saying, “I respect the presidency, but I will not respect the president of the United States of America,” and a lot of women in the country feel the same way.
Let me continue by saying as a woman, I believe that we are all equal. However, it seems that still to this day we are constantly proving that to the rest of society. Hence, the protests and the marches. In an earlier piece of mine, I wrote about how I attended work on the day the protest “A Day Without Immigrants” took place, a similar protest that highlighted the importance of immigrants in our country. I wrote about the firsthand experience I had standing there alongside the protesters with the responsibility to tell their story and broadcast it to the world. As a journalist, I ask myself the same question about the “A Day Without A Woman” protest. Is it my obligation as a woman to show society how impactful I am by covering the Women’s Strike for the world? Or am I sending a stronger message to take to the streets with the rest of the female population and march for what we deserve?
Let me remind my readers and myself that as a woman, I am just as important to my classes and to my job as the rest of the students and employees are. Let me also remind readers that still today women do not receive equal pay as men. According to CNN, women are still only getting paid seventy-eight cents to every one dollar a man gets paid. It is 2016 and this is why we strike. Organizers of the march were quoted on their website stating, “Many women in our most vulnerable communities will not have the ability to join the strike, due to economic insecurity. We strike for them.”
I believe I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to both attend college full time and work part time in the field that I have always dreamed to be a part of. At the same time, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take part in such an important cause as well because both my professors and employers have encouraged my participation, with some even participating in solidarity.
Let me assure the women out there who feel that they are being mistreated or not treated equal, that this march is to remind you that you matter just as much. Whether it is economic bias, bias in the workplace, relationship issues, women are as much a part of this earth as our opposite. I feel strongly that it is important to break the stigma stuck to women and how they made succeed or flourish throughout their life. Growing up in a society where women have gained footage in the uphill battle to be equal, we must not forget that it was a fight to get where we are now, and that the fight is not over.
Let me leave you with the final thought that as a woman you deserve everything you earn, everything you want and everything you need. Women are the other half of this planet that keeps the world spinning and A Day Without A Woman is a day without half of the earth.