Today is International Women’s Day, which was formed to recognize, honor and continue to fight for women’s achievements. The theme for this year is “Be Bold for Change.”
Women make up nearly half the labor force in the U.S., and yet they are subjected to lower wages, discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity.
This year, the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington want to show the impact women have on our workforce by arranging a nationwide strike. Women who are able to are encouraged to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor.
If you’re a woman or ally that can’t afford to take off work, you can still show your support by avoiding shopping, with the exception of small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses, and by wearing red in solidarity. You can also share these social media graphics to spread the news and show support for the strike.
When you get a chance, you call also call or write to your legislators to tell them how you feel about bills and policies that affect women.
Whether or not you’re able to take the day off of work, you may be able to fit one of these events around Atlanta into your schedule.
- Women’s Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day luncheon and roundtable discussion, “Where Do We Go From Here?” 11 a.m. $45 – $55. Swan Coach House, 3130 Slaton Dr NW, Atlanta.
- Day Without Women Postcard Write-in. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Intown Quilters, 1058 Mistletoe Rd, Decatur, Georgia 30033.
- International A Day Without Women Strike, March & Information Meeting. 5:30 p.m. Candler Park. Find more information here.
- International Women’s Day with Women in the Atlanta Tech Scene. 7 p.m. $10. The Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta.