I am sure it comes as no surprise that I will be participating in A Day Without A Woman tomorrow. I’ve already told you how life changing the Women’s March on Washington was for me and I shared with you my pledge to carry the torch that the women before me have long been carrying.
A Day Without A Woman coincides with International Women’s Day which is always held on March 8th to celebrate the achievements of women and to encourage action to promote gender equality. A Day Without A Woman is an extension of International Women’s Day and it a great way to carry over the momentum from the march.
The organizers of A Day Without A Woman are encouraging you to do one or all of the following:
- Take the day off from paid and unpaid labor.
- Avoid shopping unless you are purchasing from small, women and minority owned businesses.
- Wear red as a sign of solidarity.
Here are some tips to making A Day Without A Woman right for you.
Do What Resonates With You
Perhaps you are able to do one, two or all of the above action items. Maybe you are not able to do any of them. That is okay. For any movement to work, the individual people need to find a way to make it their own. Every person will have a different way to do that and no one way is the right way. Do what feels right to you and encourage others to do the same.
In my case, I will not be going to my 9-5 job because I had already previously asked for the day off to attend a school function that is important to my son. I will be doing other work, mostly the unpaid kind because there are certain things that still need to get done but for the work that can wait, it will.
Avoiding shopping and wearing red are action items that will be easy for me to do and I will be doing them.
If you are not able to do any of the action items on the list, create your own! As I said, there is no one right way to participate in A Day Without A Woman. Maybe you can cover a shift for another woman so she can participate. Perhaps you can lend your support to the women in your life participating in A Day Without A Woman. There are so many different ways that you can be part of the movement! Take some time to think about what ways feel most genuine to you and do them!
You already know where my give money goes every month, perhaps now is the time to get your give money in order and donate to organizations that are doing right by women. Set up a monthly donation if you can or give this one time. Do what you can, every dollar makes a difference.
Be An Ally
So you don’t identify as a woman? Be an ally. Support the women in your life by taking on their responsibilities for this one day so they can participate in A Day Without a Woman to the fullest.
Listen to women. Seek to understand their stories without explaining away their experiences or concerns. We are stronger together and we need you!
That’s right I am telling you not to participate in A Day Without A Woman if it does not resonate with you. I am not here to convince you that my way is the best way or that you must think as I think. I can respect your decision to not participate and I hope that you will give that same respect to myself and others who have decided to participate.
Part of my participation in A Day Without A Woman will to be absent from my blog and social media accounts. I will not have a new blog post tomorrow and I will not share anything to my social media pages. While I am gone, I encourage you to check out some of my favorite ladies on social media. They make my feeds a better place, so I know you will enjoy them as well.
Callie is the artist behind Fabulously Feminist. She creates art for social and economic justice. You can follow her on Instagram and you can check out all of her amazing items on Etsy. I purchased my feminist shirt from her which I love. She also just started The Fab Feminist Subscription Box (review coming soon) that you need!
Jenny, a friend I met through blogging (although she no longer blogs and I miss her posts). She is a badass runner. An ultra runner even. A triathlete. A newbie mom and her latest attribute, a rebel knitter. She recently taught herself to knit (badass, right?) and is selling her creations with the proceeds to benefit important organizations like Planned Parenthood and Connecticut Alliance of Victims of Violence and Their Families (CT-ALIVE). Connect with her on Instagram and buy a hat!
Will you be participating in A Day Without A Woman? I want to hear all about it.
Is there someone inspiring I should be following on social media? Tell me who!