All Day, Wednesday, March 8
— by Lin McNulty —
Following the overwhelming success of the Women’s March in January as millions of women took to the streets the day after the Trump inauguration, another event is scheduled across the country: A Day Without a Woman.
On International Women’s Day, Mar. 8, women will act together for equity, justice, and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity.
Anyone, anywhere, can join by making Mar. 8 A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
- Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
How might that work locally? Being a community of women-owned businesses could well mean that the core of Eastsound virtually shuts down completely on Wednesday.
We conducted a quick, non-scientific telephone poll to several island businesses which are known to have women employees. None indicated a plan to strike on that day, most not being aware of the event.
Aaimee Johnson at Orcas Family Health simply summed it up: “No. We can’t let our patients down like that.”
OPALCO women also indicated “No, we are an essential service,” but thought that several women would be wearing red that day.
No woman we contacted at Ray’s Pharmacy was aware of Wednesday’s planned nation-wide strike. Owner Rick Hughes said, “We have 100% female staff and provide an essential service. If we close, then no one would be able to have prescriptions.”
In solidarity, Orcas Issues will not be publishing on Wed., Mar. 8. All we have are women on our staff.