We can feel it coming; the Women’s March isn’t over yet. In fact, ladies are just beginning, and Wednesday, March 8th marks International Women’s Day 2017. “A Day Without A Woman” general strike kicks into gear across the nation. Women everywhere are encouraged to come together and unite in a beautiful red sea of solidarity at rallies and events taking place around the country. Women are urged to take the day off from both paid and unpaid labor to participate and declare support of women, their incredible contributions to the world, as well as their struggles for gender equality.
It’s all about walking forward, keeping the message alive and reminds us of the late Dr. Martin Luther King and the 1963 speech he gave at St. Luke’s Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.: “….The thing that we are challenged to do is to keep this movement moving. There is power in unity and there is power in numbers. As long us we keep moving like we are moving, the power structure of Birmingham will have to give in.” In New York City, for example, there is a long list of women-empowered events planned, including a major rally at 4 p.m. at famous Washington Square Park and then a march to Zuccotti Park.
The march is designed as a great day of action to bring together all women of all races. The march will make several key stops along the way, including the Varick Street Immigration Detention Center, Stonewall, City Hall, the African Burial Ground and the former slave market and others. What makes this March 8th so powerful and historic is the United Nations observance that day, crisscrossing the “A Day Without A Woman” general strike and the all-encompassing International Women’s Day 2017 theme of #BeBoldForChange. The UN’s focus is on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka makes her case with eloquence, and you can watch her words take on significance here. Leveling the playing field from the public to private sector is key, she says.
“Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential,” Mlambo-Ngcuka says. We have to shift the current paradigm, she adds, noting that only 50% of working age women are represented in the labor force around the world, compared to 76% of men. To learn more about the variety of events scheduled on International Women’s Day 2017, visit InternationalWomen’sStrikeUSA for a detailed summary of appearances stretching across the country.