‘A Day Without a Woman’ strikes, rallies, political action

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“A Day Without a Woman” unfolded across the Country today with strikes and rallies as organizers called on women to skip work and not spend money to demonstrate their economic strength and political clout.

Women in more than 50 countries hosted comparable events to coincide with the U.N.-designated International Women’s Day, according to the event‘s Facebook page.

Rallies were planned throughout the nation, including: New York; San Francisco; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; Portland, Ore. Some colleges, such as Rutgers University in New Jersey, will also stage walkouts and marches.

In Washington, a buoyant crowd in the hundreds from the Resist Trump/Kill the Gag rally marched up 15th Street to Lafayette Square directly in front of the White House. Chants of “shame on him,” “our lives, our bodies” cut through the air. Many are upset over President Trump’s global gag order that bans U.S. funds to foreign groups for abortion services.

A number of schools in at least four states were closed Wednesday so teachers can take part in “A Day Without a Woman” strikes. The strike was created by the organizers of the historic Women’s March on Washington in January, which drew hundreds of thousands in protest of Trump. Among the many groups supporting Wednesday’s demonstration are Planned Parenthood, MoveOn.org and Amnesty International, according to the Women’s March website.

Conservative women’s groups, such as Concerned Women of America (CWA), criticized the event as misguided and unrepresentative.

“The U.S. has the highest proportion of women in senior management positions (43 %) of any country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (women comprise 47 % of the U.S. labor force); the U.S. was ranked eighth globally in gender equality by the World Economic Forum; 24 % of working American women are in professional fields (compared to only 16 % of working American men); 46 % of American firms are owned or co-owned by women,” CWA mentioned on its website.

The announcement that schools would be closed today had many parents scrambling to make child care arrangements, or, in some cases, request a leave of absence from work to stay home with their youngsters.

The Alexandria City Public School district’s Facebook page has become a discussion board for parents to share their opinions over the cancellation of classes.

One parent, identified as Amanda Dehn Bowman, wrote on the Facebook page that she was “disappointed” in the school district’s decision to “cave to the massive temper-tantrum” from left-wing groups.

“The only people who are going to be affected by this are women — poor women who cannot afford to miss wages or pay for day care,” Bowman wrote. For parents unable to afford child care, Bowman offered to baby-sit their children free of charge.

It is a disgrace that people attempt to use something so important as woman’s rights to push their anti-Trump agenda. These woman’s marches and events have been so muddled by political partisanship that the message they are sending isn’t about woman’s rights at all. It is actually more of a temper tantrum by the leftist that can’t accept they were defeated in the election.

Sheila Deville

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