Time to sharpen your pencils and your wit. The "Day Without A Woman" strike is March 8, which calls for some powerful Women’s Strike sign ideas. As Trump proves time and time again on Twitter, you can say a lot in just a few words. If you’re looking to fight falsehoods with facts, funnies, or another choice "f" word, I’ve got a few protest sign ideas for you.
First things first, how can you participate in the Women’s Strike? Refrain from paid and unpaid work. Avoid shopping, except for at women- and minority-owned small businesses. Wear red in solidarity. You can check out the Women’s Strike page on the Women’s March website for more details. If you are looking to show off your strike sign in a more public venue, there will be “A Day Without A Woman” protests happening in cities across the country. As the strike intentionally coincides with International Women’s Day, you can also find an International Women’s Day rally near you. Protesting does work, but it requires people to show up with something to say.
So, whether you’ll be participating in a protest or you just need a clever out-of-office email message, here are 10 ideas that’ll drive home exactly what the Women’s Strike is all about.
1Quote Your Favorite Feminist
"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept." -Angela Davis pic.twitter.com/vs9qRkSNmi— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) December 6, 2014
Or quote your favorite feminist quoting another one of your favorite feminists. If you need some idea starters, here are some feminist quotes for "A Day Without A Woman."
2Put a Face to the Numbers
If this admin wants to "work w/ members in both parties to...invest in women's health," they can start by not "defunding" Planned Parenthood pic.twitter.com/Kqu7ET0KHq— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) March 3, 2017
Empathy is scientifically proven to help reduce prejudice. Show the Trump administration who they are hurting when they talking about defunding Planned Parenthood.
3Speak Your Truth. Whatever That May Be.
Take a note from this tiny feminist and tell the world how you really feel. Jenny Sowry, mother of the internet-dubbed "Woke Baby", told Buzzfeed, her 22-month-old daughter "obviously had something to say and she did it herself."
4"This is The Future That Liberals Want"
I don't want to say "literally, yeah" but also...literally, yeah. https://t.co/JGMhLbHWMq— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) March 1, 2017
A recent tweet from a far-right account backfired when it shared a photo of a drag queen sitting next to a woman in a hijab and a niqab with the caption "This is the future that liberals want." In a word: duh. Slap that caption on a protest sign and the point will make itself.
5Make It Personal With #IStrikeFor
Whether it's equal pay, LGBTQ rights, disability advocacy, gender justice, or all of the above, share who and what motivates you to strike. Check out #IStrikeFor on Twitter to see why other people are participating in "A Day Without A Woman."
6Show Support for Your LGBTQ Family
"I'm not scary at all. I don't know why people are afraid of transgender people." https://t.co/nk9S9ZyqNT— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) March 2, 2017
We can all learn from this girl who stood up to transphobia with her protest sign at a trans rights rally. People who are transgender and gender nonconforming experience an amplified amount of discrimination and prejudice. Use March 8 to show your continued support for trans rights.
7Hit 'em with Some Facts
Trump says he did well with women in election. False. https://t.co/AwAJDYG1X0— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) February 18, 2017
Actual, reality-based facts. Not the other kind.
8Remember that Gender Equality is Intersectional
You can also check out these downloadable graphics from the Women’s March to share on your social channels.
9Say You Won't Repeat The Past
10Work Out Your Feels
Are you angry? Good. Use that. March 8 is another opportunity to resist, to remember that this is not normal, and to remind yourself that you are not alone in this fight.