On March 8th, Women Worldwide Will Go On Strike

March 8th is International Women's Day, and this year, plenty of people are going to be surprised by how some women choose to celebrate: By going on strike.

In a reaffirmation of the women's marches of January 21st, women worldwide are planning to strike on International Women's Day. On Monday the movement gained some major momentum, as The Guardian published a call for women everywhere to participate.

The authors of the call are academics and activists Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser, Barbara Ransby, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Rasmea Yousef Odeh and Angela Davis.

The organizers say they already have feminist and activist groups lined up to participate in around thirty countries, and are hoping to line up more.

“In our view, it is not enough to oppose Trump and his aggressively misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic and racist policies,” the women wrote. “Lean-in feminism and other variants of corporate feminism have failed the overwhelming majority of us, who do not have access to individual self-promotion and advancement and whose conditions of life can be improved only through policies that defend social reproduction, secure reproductive justice and guarantee labor rights. As we see it, the new wave of women’s mobilization must address all these concerns in a frontal way. It must be a feminism for the 99%.”

If the language they use has echos of Occupy Wall Street and other similar social justice movements, that's intentional; research shows that in the United States, for instance, an equally qualified and skilled woman will earn on average $0.74 for every $1.00 her male counterpart earns, and when it comes to rights, the gaps are often even wider.

Of particular importance in this movement is inclusion. By combining struggles against male violence with the fight for labor and wage equality, they hope to make it universally clear how much work there is to do. Likewise, by opposing a wide range of phobias - homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia - they hope to include women around the world. Anti-racist, anti-imperialist, anti-heterosexist, anti-neoliberal, what they hope to accomplish is equality for all.

By striking, these women (and men who join them) will support those marginalized in their daily struggle. By striking and marching, they make their presence known. By abstaining from work (domestic, care, or sex), boycotting businesses, and calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, they make it clear that the world does not run without women. In particular, this strike makes visible those forgotten by lean-in feminism.

As the authors of the article in The Guardian note, “The women’s marches of 21 January have shown that in the United States, too, a new feminist movement may be in the making. It is important not to lose momentum.”

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