Unless you were unconscious yesterday, or otherwise indisposed, you probably noticed a lot of people wearing red. Or maybe your spouse or your boss went M.I.A. That’s because, yesterday, March 8th, was A Day Without a Woman, a strike in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The strike sought to “spotlight the indispensable role women play in the daily functions of life in all of society, through paid and unpaid, seen and unseen labor.”
In cities around the world, from the U.S. to Pakistan, Senegal, Bosnia, and Hong Kong, women were encouraged to take the day off work (if they could), shop exclusively at small, women- and minority-owned businesses, and wear red in solidarity. In New York City, diverse women (and men) from all ages and backgrounds rose to the occasion converging on Washington Square Park.
The rally featured a host of powerful speakers with an intent to “solidify a solidarity that is more loving than any other coalition we’ve seen before,” and NYC protestors stood resolute in their defiance of any anti-feminist agenda. As feminists ourselves, The Standard team was there to support the cause, and we took the opportunity to ask our fellow protestors about what had brought them out.