How We’re Honoring International Women’s Day And Day Without A Woman
Why we fight today, and always, for gender justice.
I n the wake of the epic turnout for women’s marches around the globe on January 21, many people were left with the same burning question: What was next in the fight for gender justice?
As the horrors of the Trump administration have raged unabatedly on—from trampling on the rights of trans students, to tearing immigrant families apart, to pushing a health-care agenda that could leave tens of millions of Americans sans coverage—that question has only grown more imperative.
A month ago, the same organizers of the historic women’s marches proffered an answer: today’s Day Without A Woman. Selected to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Women’s March organizers are calling for a massive, global strike:
“The idea is to mobilize women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle — a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions.”
Explicitly addressing the importance of supporting “feminism for the 99%”—that is, “a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism — a feminism in solidarity with working women, their families and their allies throughout the world,” the organizers have acknowledged that striking is not financially feasible for every woman and gender-oppressed person.
The Establishment, with our staunch commitment to standing with the world’s most marginalized, echoes this acknowledgment; for far too long, our world’s most vulnerable have been on the front lines of any and all struggles for justice, racking up the greatest number of casualties and in return, receiving the fewest gains. Awareness of such systemic power imbalances are critical for moving toward a truly just and equitable future.
Awareness of systemic power imbalances are critical for moving toward a truly just and equitable future.
As a women-run publisher, a platform for the voices too often overlooked or outright erased, and a rapidly growing community of resistance, The Establishment stands in solidarity with today’s action for increased gender justice. In lieu of a traditional publishing schedule today, we’ll be elevating stories by and about those who have been on the frontlines of the movement for equality and inclusion, both in this piece and throughout the day on our home page.
As you don your brightest red duds, strike, rally, and/or support women-owned businesses, we encourage you to explore the work of women and nonbinary entrepreneurs, artists, and writers—not only as a means of challenging and broadening your conception of the world, but also so as to understand the incredible talent and brilliance we are denied if we fail to confront our world’s patriarchal norms.