Less than two months after the “Women’s March,” the “A Day Without a Woman” strike is set to take place this Wednesday. For the purpose of demonstrating how much women contribute to society, women participating in the strike will refuse to attend their jobs. According to the website, women are encouraged to wear red in solidarity and shop only at minority-owned small businesses.
The “A Day Without a Woman” has already caused Washington D.C. area public schools and restaurants to close. This is due to staff requesting a day of leave in order to participate in the event. The Alexandria City Public School system stated that over three-hundred staff members have made it known that they will not attend their usual jobs on Wednesday as a result of their participation in the strike.
In a statement regarding the decision to close Alexandria public schools, Superintendent of Schools Alvin L. Crawley replied,
“This is not a decision that was made lightly. The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction.”
When further questioned, Crawley said that the decision to close Alexandria’s schools was not due to a political stance or out of support for the strike.