International Women’s Day, the annual March 8 celebration of women’s achievements, will resonate loudly this year in New York City, with marches and events planned to coincide with the “A Day Without a Woman” general strike today.
The official theme of this year’s global day of action is “Be Bold for Change” which encourages every woman to “be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold, pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity,” according to the International Women’s Day website.
Supporters can show solidarity in various ways: by wearing red in a vibrant show of solidarity, taking off of paid or unpaid work if they can for the “A Day Without a Woman” general strike, and by not spending money — the last two to demonstrate women’s economic worth. Rally organizers suggest packing food and beverages to avoid using money.
The main events in New York are two marches: One organized by the powers behind the Women’s March on Washington, which meets from 12 to 2 p.m. at the southeast corner of Central Park (59th and Fifth Avenue). Their Facebook page shows 1,500 people marked themselves as going.
A second march starts at 4 p.m. inWashington Square Parkand will make stops at symbolic landmarks, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the Stonewall Inn, Immigration Court and the Trump SoHo hotel, before reaching the final destination at Zuccotti Park.Over 3,000 people said they will attend that march on the group’sofficial Facebook event page.
The objective is to bring back to the streets the thunder of the millions of women galvanized by the history-making Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
“In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity,” the Women’s March website said.
“It’s about power,” said Brooklyn resident Kamene Ogidi to nycitylens.com. “And in order for me to have any power, in order for my friends — we must come together again and again in new configurations until we stay together. This strike is important because it is another small iteration of the kind of direction we need to go.”