Go Figure: Women's Strike Actually Hurt Working-Class Women

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Researchers estimate more than 4 million people turned out for the Women's March in cities across the U.S.

Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George spoke to the crowd about the importance of female leadership in government to help bring a voice to women's issues and effect the changes they deem necessary.

Wednesday also marks International Women's Day, which, in part, draws attention to inequalities women face at work, compared to men.

But there are many women who could not take the day off because they had to make money, would get fired for protesting, or who do invisible work, such as take care of kids, are single moms.

"Historically, International Women's Day was one of reflection, but we wanted to use the momentum from the march for action", said Tabitha St. Bernard, a Brooklyn-based fashion activist and one of several Black women who helped stage the historic march.

The event has led to the closure of schools in Alexandria, Va., North Carolina's Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District and NY due to the anticipated staff shortages. "Schools will open Thursday, March 9 on a normal schedule".

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In greater Lafayette, women held "walkouts" at three locations, accommodating women who couldn't strike for the entire day.

It said: "It is entirely about the safety of students and the district's inability to operate with a high number of staff absences". We stand in solidarity with these women, and we're grateful for the support of our employer and co-workers.

"What about the women and mothers who have hourly jobs and will now have to either take a day without pay OR go to work and worry about their children who may be home alone?" wrote one person on the Alexandria district's page. Well, this is what we'd like to see happen after the Day Without a Woman meet-up. This is the second major demonstration of social activism organized by the group behind the Women's March on Washington.

Some communities are already seeing the impact of "A Day Without a Woman", a strike planned for Wednesday meant to underscore women's contributions to the economy and society.

Since President Donald Trump took office in January, they say their workshop has been booked. "I have an 11-year-old daughter, and I want to make sure that she has the same opportunities as my son", he said.

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