We Had ‘A Day Without a Woman’—What’s Next?: #NowWhat

"A Day Without a Woman" was the second step, but we need to do more.
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It’s time to get back to work, ladies.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and the “A Day Without a Woman” protest.

This is merely the second action the Women’s March on Washington organizers have taken. The first action was the March on Washington and its sister marches held around the world.

After the Women’s March’s first event, we mentioned a few segments of the female population that we’d like to see included in future March activities. Well, this is what we’d like to see happen after the Day Without a Woman meet-up.

1. A Day to Learn About Women’s Experiences

First: We are not bashing any woman who took off work yesterday. There were plenty of women—privileged and unprivileged, and salaried, wage, and at-home workers—who did take the day off.

But there are many women who could not take the day off because they had to make money, would get fired for protesting, or who do invisible work, such as take care of kids, are single moms.

So, the next course of action could be to call for women who took yesterday off to take a day—whatever day designated—to educate herself about why some women have to work. In addition, this day could be used to teach women about other women’s experiences.

For example, a woman who thinks sex work should be illegal should take the time to understand that some women choose that line of work, and would like to keep their job while remaining safe.

Or women born as biological women could take time to learn and understand how transgender women feel in America’s predominantly cisgender, straight society.

And women who have no handicap or serious illness could take the time to volunteer and help women who have to live with debilitating conditions day in, day out.

2. A Day to Help Hire Women

Another great next step would call for well-employed women to coach underemployed or unemployed women, or female students.

If women are going to make progress, they have to help each other. Getting advice from women who have been there and have worked their way up would better equip women on their way up. Also, the more intelligent, kind female bosses there are in the world, the better. Maybe that is the key that could close the gender wage gap.

If you want to further explore the issues discussed above, read this great article on Bitch about yesterday’s strike.

What do you think the Women’s March organizers should do next? And did you participate yesterday? Please share your opinions and experiences on our Facebook page, or @ us on Twitter.

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Abbie Stutzer

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