This Is What A “Day Without A Woman” Looks Like

Protests, arrests, and school closures are just the beginning for the International Women's Strike.

Today is International Women’s Day, and women in more than 50 countries have been on strike from both paid and unpaid labor. The goal is to highlight the role of women in the global economy, while shedding light on economic injustice.

The day isn’t over yet, but the effects of the strike and its accompanying protests, rallies, and direct actions are being felt around the world. Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening so far:

Last night, the Statue of Liberty’s lights mysteriously went out, leading many on Twitter to speculate that Lady Liberty was showing her solidarity with the #DayWithoutAWoman.

Today, protests and rallies are either underway or planned in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Utah, D.C., Portland, and other cities and college campuses.

Women sit down down in the street outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York March 8, 2017 during a #DayWithoutAWoman protest in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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A sea of women in red right outside of work! #internationalwomensday #daywithoutawoman

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A group of women blocking traffic outside the Trump Hotel in New York were arrested.

Women are arrested by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) after sitting down in the street outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York on March 8, 2017 during a #DayWithoutAWoman protest in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Democratic congresswomen staged a symbolic walkout and addressed a group of protesters on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

“We are resisting Trump and congressional Republicans, and letting them know we will not go back,” declared Rep. Barbara Lee of California. “We walked out today for A Day Without a Woman to send a clear message: that we stand with our sisters across the country who have walked out in defense of equal rights for women… We are raising our voices for the millions of women who can’t.”

The strike also led to at least three U.S. school districts to shut down for the day. Public schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Alexandria City, Virginia didn’t have enough faculty or staff to keep schools open for the day.

The municipal court in Providence, Rhode Island also closed today, facing a lack of non-striking staff.

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Businesses and restaurants have also shut their doors—some in solidarity with the strike, others because they don’t have enough employees to stay open. Women who can’t fully divest are encouraged to shop only at women- and minority-owned businesses: In Chicago, for example, 13 women-owned restaurants are collaborating on an International Women’s Day dinner crawl.

Prominent players in the worlds of technology and media have also lent their support:. Employees at Spotify get one “Impact Day” per year, and many of the company’s New York employees are reportedly using theirs to join the strike. Logo, Bustle, Jezebel, and outlets are supporting employees who wish to participate in the strike, and MTV even turned their logo red and upside down, making the “M” a “W.” (Here at NewNowNext, we’re highlighting the voices of women with an IWD takeover.)

Celebrities haven’t been shy about expressing their support, either.

The movement has gained momentum internationally, too: Strikes, protests and rallies are under way in Poland, Madrid, Russia, Manila Ireland, London, and Amsterdam. German airline Lufthansa announced that six all-female crews would be in the air today in support of the day, highlighting the fact that only 6% of their pilots are women.

In Russia, four activists, two reporters, and a photographer who snuck into the Kremlin to demonstrate were arrested.

Meanwhile, Iceland became the first country to require businesses to prove that they pay all employees equally regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or nationality.

We’ll update this post as news continues to emerge.

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