The latest incarnation of the women’s march, A Day Without A Woman, is leaving many feeling dazed and confused. The strike was, in essence, an aim to show everyone what a huge impact women have in the community and on the economy (women were advised not to make any purchases).
But what is it we were striking against in particular? Of course, these days there are so many things to strike for but the strike seemed to lack focus. Were we striking for reproductive rights as a result of the latest GOP health care bill? Or is it for equal pay for equal work?
In the end, it didn’t seem to matter to some women, who needed the chance to get out their frustrations with the current administration. And some just felt like they had something to prove.
Maribeth Whitehouse, a middle school teacher in the Bronx, felt obligated to strike in order to practice what she preaches to her students.
“Attending this strike is something you have to wrestle with as a teacher because you’re leaving your students for a day. But teachers use many ways to instruct, including teacher modeling. And today I’m modeling social justice for my students.”
In turns out many teachers felt the same way. So many called for the day off that schools in Alexandria, Virginia ended up closing.
But that begs the question: who does this strike really impact? Certainly not the law makers who decide our fates.
Tracy Kennedy, a single mom of two, expressed this opinion to a tee.
“I have absolutely no patience when it comes to interfering with kids’ education. This is a curriculum day, it’s a lost day of instruction. Whatever our kids were supposed to learn today — it will not be made up with a teacher workday.”
And what were Trump and his posse up to while the kids were missing school? It was business as usual for these men.
Samantha Bee even tweeted out a photo of Trump and his gang (all white men, of course) with the humorous caption that Trump was such a feminist that “every day was a day without a woman.”
The Trump WH is so feminist, EVERY day is Day Without a Woman. pic.twitter.com/rYZeYo04kn
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 8, 2017
This brings us to a bigger issue with the strike. It takes women what feels like twice as much effort to get in a position of power as men — can we really afford to step out of the room for a day?
Female congresswomen agreed and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D- Washington, stated,
“As much as I would like to get out there and show my support by not coming, there’s just a lot of work that needs to be done here that will affect the lives of women and children, and I think I’m going to go ahead and show up.”
And, of course, at the end of the day, not every woman had the choice. So many disabled, low-income, and/or minority women simply could not afford to take an unpaid day off of work. This lead many to call this the strike for privileged white women. (You can read more about that here).
What did you think of the strike?