On International Women's Day, women around the world took the day off from paid and unpaid labor. In a society that devalues women's work, organizers hoped that a strike would open people's eyes to the unrecognized contributions women make every day. Judging from the
most powerful photos from the Women's Strike, they can consider their goal accomplished — and although it remains to be seen whether its momentum can be kept up in the long term (something we'll obviously try to do), the strike made it clear that many, many people are not content with the current state of gender equality.
The Day Without a Woman, as Women's March organizers called the strike in the United States, was marked by events around the country. In the afternoon,
House Democrats walked out to hold an event on the steps of the Capitol (although they later went back to work), while protesters in New York gathered outside the Trump International Hotel as a jab at the current president and his administration. Businesses shut down, classes were cancelled, and even if they couldn't take the day off, participants wore red to demonstrate their support for the strike.
Needless to say, March 8 was an important day in feminist history. Here are some of the most powerful images from the Women's Strike.
1 House Democrats Stage A Walkout Win McNamee/Getty Images News/Getty Images
In the above photo, Democratic representatives
stage a walkout in honor of the strike. 2 Women Gathered To Resist
The strike was honored by rallies across the world.
3 Organizers Are Arrested Andy Kiss/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Three organizers of the Women's March movement — Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez, among others — were
arrested for blocking traffic outside the Trump Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. 5 Raising A Fist In Support Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images 6 Undocumented, Unafraid Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images 7 She The People Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Seriously, so many clever signs.
8 Lady Liberty Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images
America is founded on the idea of liberty and justice for all, and that includes all the people who are not cisgender men.
9 End Rape Culture Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images News/Getty Images Rape culture deeply affects women, men, and people of all genders. 10 Rosie The Riveter Meets Princess Leia Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Feminist illustration Rosie the Riveter met the equally-iconic Princess Leia in this protester's sign.
11 Honoring Our Predecessors Karen Ducey/Getty Images News/Getty Images 12 Feminism Is Patriotic Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images News/Getty Images Pink pussy hats have become one of the most enduring symbols from the Women's March. 13 Women Will Be President Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images
A new take on an old adage.
14 Strike Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images News/Getty Images 15 Women Resist Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images
To achieve gender equality, feminists will have to resist and persist.
16 Where Is Justice? Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Justice is usually depicted as a woman — just saying.
17 Women Strike Back Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Striking back has never looked so cool.
19 The Picture Of Solidarity
If that's not the perfect illustration of solidarity, I don't know what is.