Without Women, Who Are We?

Wednesday, March 8th, marks the next big organized effort by the wonderful women leading the Women's March team. If you haven't been following them on social media then you really want to start. They are a diverse group of inspiring activists (one even had a baby just weeks before the march) who are writing history as we speak. Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour & Bob Bland are forces to be reckoned with.

We have to acknowledge that taking a day off to strike is quite complicated for those of us in helping profession, such as nursing.  Of course, we realize that systematic disruption is the entire point of a strike. However, it's complicated when you have accountable relationships with people. We've been struggling a little bit with how to best participate, while fully acknowledging the vast amount of privilege weighing into the decision. If you can sit the day out, do so on behalf of a women who does not have the privilege to do so.

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” ― Audre Lorde

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor. If you can safely strike, do it, do not engage in paid or unpaid labor. If not, and we understand that many women cannot, engage in the following ways:

  1. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses). Definitely boycott big box marts and if necessary, shop local. In Raleigh, think woman-owned Yellow Dog Bakery in Raleigh for coffee, Deco for a necessary last minute gift, or any of Ashely Christiansen's awesome restaurants for a business dinner. Need a few grocery items? Stop by immigrant-owned Brookside Market.

  2. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman. 

  3. Social media black out. AFAR will be refraining from social media!

A Day Without a Woman reaffirms our commitment to the Principles of Unity, which were collaboratively outlined for the Women’s March. We are inspired by recent courageous actions like the "Bodega strike" lead by Yemeni immigrant store owners in New York City and the Day Without Immigrants across the U.S. We applaud the efforts of #GrabYourWallet and others to bring public accountability to unethical corporate practices. The Women's March stands in solidarity with the International Women's Strike organizers, feminists of color and grassroots groups in planning global actions for equity, justice and human rights.

When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred. Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.