The Day Without Women strike is the followup to the Women's March in January, and it should be a pretty amazing day for all those participating. The spirit of activism that's swept the nation in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency has been so inspiring, but it's important that everyone be represented in this movement. Every intersectional feminist should know these seven things about the Women's Strike, because the point of the movement is lost if it isn't as inclusive as possible.
Intersectionality is a critical piece of the Women's Strike because it validates cultures and identities that are too often marginalized in society. If people don't acknowledge and accept intersectional feminism and all its tenets, they're not much better than the people who are actively trying to discriminate against marginalized people. Now is the best time to adopt a radically progressive mentality because you're likely to find people who are eager and willing to work with you. Take advantage of this moment to educate yourself and make sure you're being the type of ally and activist you want to be, because if not you, then who? Most importantly, keep these seven things in mind as you prepare for the Women's Strike.
Not All Women Can Afford To Participate
Many of the women who are most burdened by issues like the gender wage gap, poverty, and reproductive freedom are the ones who can't afford to take the day off work to participate in the strike. If you look around and see primarily white women, remember that many women of color probably wish they could be there but just can't.
But If You Can Afford It, You Need To Be There
It might be a slight sacrifice to take the day off work, but don't hesitate to do it if you can. You have to be there for those who can't afford to, and it'll definitely be better than whatever you were going to do at work that day anyway.
You Have A Responsibility To Look Out For Black Protestors
Black protestors are way more likely to be arrested, so keep an eye out for them if police show up to your rally. If they do, follow this guide to documenting the interaction.
Trans Women Deserve To Know You Care About Them
Even though most women aren't trying to perpetuate trans-exclusive feminism, it still happens sometimes. Listen to what the trans community is asking from you and be accommodating.
Men Are Always Welcome At Women's Rallies
The Women's Strike isn't supposed to be a female-only space, it also needs to be open to male allies to support the cause.
The Environmental Costs Of Your Involvement Need To Be A Factor
If you're planning to attend a rally while on strike, you've got to make your plans as environmentally friendly as possible. Environmental justice is a feminist issue, and your feminism isn't fully inclusive unless you're not considering your environmental impact. Carpool with friends, bring your own food, and pay to offset your carbon footprint if you're traveling by air.
Striking Isn't The End Of Your Journey
Once the strike is over, you still have to keep your activism going. Showing up is just the first step — now it's time to call your representatives, attend community mobilization meetings, and work with progressive candidates running for public office.