WV Day Without Women March 8

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    A Day Without A Woman in West Virginia
    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    On International Women's Day, March 8, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice, and the human rights of women through a one-day demonstration of solidarity. In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, we will mark the day by recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system. These same women receive lower wages and experience greater inequities, as well as increased vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity than do men.

    We also recognize that there is diversity among women’s lives, situations, and existences. Women and their experiences are not all the same. In honor of that, we offer a multitude of ways for women to participate in this day in whatever capacity they can.

    MAKE YOUR LABOR VISIBLE
    How do you work day in and day out? Post stories, photos, and excerpts of what your day looks like under the following hashtags: #withoutwomenWV #WVwomen

    The reality of dropping everything in one’s life for political action may feel impossible to many women, especially when they are the primary or sole providers for children, cannot take the financial risk of leaving work, or do not have the support structure to leave behind responsibility. We instead ask, given that so many women carry so much, that you make visible all the labor you do everyday under the hashtags #withoutwomenWV #WVwomen on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and elsewhere. Women’s labor is the backbone of society, and we ask that you help us make it visibly clear how much our support matters.

    WEAR RED
    Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman. If you wear a uniform or work in a place where you cannot show your political alignment, wear red if you are able. This demonstration can be as small or as large as you see fit.

    USE YOUR ECONOMIC POWER
    Avoid shopping at large corporate entities. Instead, divert your dollars to local businesses that are women- and/or minority-led, owned, or staffed. You can also divert your dollars to nonprofit and grassroots organizations that are women-led/women-run or that lift up women.

    IF YOU WORK
    If you are able to take the day off from paid or unpaid labor without financial consequence, you should do so. However, if this poses serious economic harm and risk to you, your family, or your livelihood, do not take the day off. Instead, be visible in the way you can: Post about the labor you do, wear red, make donations if financially possible, and share stories of how your labor is important.

    For a template letter to give to your employer, go here: https://www.womensmarch.com/letter

    IF YOU ARE A STAY-AT-HOME PARENT
    We recognize the value that women have in keeping our personal and domestic lives moving. Be visible in the work you do to keep your home and children healthy and safe, or volunteer your time with a nonprofit or grassroots organization if you are able. If you cannot afford to get childcare, spend time with your children in the best way you see fit. Participate in a community social justice activity together with friends and family, pick up trash, or commit to a day of togetherness in solidarity with others.

    OTHER ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
    Ask partnering organizations what they need in terms of volunteers or supplies.

    Cash out a PTO day, and donate the money to a charity.

    Work for the day and donate one day's pay to a charity.

    Work for the day, but spend your next day off in service.

    Divest all your money from banks supporting DAPL (go here for the list of West Virginia banks: http://tinyurl.com/jftrc2f)

    Take the equivalent of one day’s working hours, and spend that many hours leading workshops or trainings. (Demonstrate professional skills that you could share or use to inspire.)

    Volunteer your services. Are you good at childcare? Are you good at taxes? Are you able to teach a GED class? Offer your labor in a way that lifts up other women around you and lifts you up as well.

    There is no one way to participate, and we encourage the women of West Virginia to showcase what it means to be visible in our labor and what that looks like.

    For a list of suggested charities to donate to go here: http://tinyurl.com/jpsayt7

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    When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers the forces of fear, greed, and hatred. Let's raise our voices together again to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age, or disability.

    https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday
     
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