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Tomorrow, on International Women's Day, women around the world will take the day off from paid and unpaid labor to highlight our instrumental role in our socio-economic system. Dubbed A Day Without a Woman, the general strike will spotlight the chasm between all we contribute to our society and the opportunities, recognition, and compensation we're given as a gender worldwide.
But for those of us who cannot realistically take the day off work or find alternative childcare, there are other ways to show our support. Namely, we can wear red in solidarity with the women striking, show our support on social media, and refrain from shopping to further underscore our economic influence. If you absolutely have to purchase something, the organizers suggest putting your dollars toward small brands that empower and support women and minorities, as opposed to large, corporate chains.
"When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred," reads the A Day Without a Woman webpage. "Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women's rights are human rights, regardless of a woman's race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability."
For more, read up on the charities you can donate to in support of women and minorities ahead of the strike.