Episode 24: A Day Without a Woman

Image features a day without a woman press materials with a skeptical face on one side and three question marks on the other.

Today is International Women’s Day. Today is also “A Day Without a Woman,” a form of protest by the same people behind the Women’s March on Washington, which took place on January 21st, 2017. We like the idea of the Women’s Strike in theory. Women’s rights are human rights, after all. But is it a good idea in practice? Join us as we discuss in our first non-disability related episode of The Accessible Stall.

What is A Day Without a Woman? How do I participate?

Per their website,

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

That sounds fine. What’s your problem with it?

It does sound fine. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with participating in the strike, we feel that it’s misguided. The goals are unclear, and the people who need to hear the message the most likely won’t. It’s a great idea in theory, but it’s exclusionary to those who can’t afford to take off from work or who can only shop at places like Walmart. To put it simply, it’s a gross display of socioeconomic privilege. And we feel it’s worth discussing, as we both are staunchly for women’s rights, but think there are other, more effective forms of grassroots activism.

But you can just wear red, you don’t need money to participate!

True. But we examine the effectiveness of “color wearing” activism in this episode. If, on the one hand, it’s the only way/most accessible way you can participate? Go for it! Otherwise, it’s just slacktivism at its finest.

We went outside the box a little bit in our conversation during this episode. We hope you like it as much as we liked making it.

Notes from this episode: A Day Without A Woman Letter to Employer.

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