'A Day Without a Woman' Strike Is Leading to School Closings: What You Need to Know

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Schools may be closing tomorrow as teachers, who are mostly women, participate in the "Day Without a Woman." The organizers of the one-day event, who also put together the historic Women's March on Washington, are asking women to strike on Wednesday, which is also International Women's Day, in an effort to prove what an integral part of the economy women are.


So far, 16 public schools in Alexandria, Virginia; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina; the New School in New York City; and a preschool in Brooklyn, New York, announced that classes will be canceled tomorrow due to expectations that schools will be short-staffed.

Whether or not you support this initiative, there's no denying this will impact other women -- moms who don't have the luxury to take a day off, or lose a day's pay, to care for their kids who'd otherwise be in school. 

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Finding a sitter on short notice, and coming up with the cash to cover it, isn't easy for plenty of moms out there. Recognizing that, one school in Brooklyn is striking a compromise. While the Maple Street school supports the political statement, it also realizes it's not convenient for everyone to take a day off. As such it will offer "backup care" to those in need.

"Many women in our most vulnerable communities will not have the ability to join the strike, due to economic insecurity. We strike for them," organizers note on their website. They ask that those who can't strike still wear red, a color historically linked to the labor movement and one that represents "revolutionary love and sacrifice." They're also encouraging women to shop only at small businesses owned by fellow females.

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Reportedly, more than 2 million women marched on January 21. As momentum builds ahead of tomorrow's strike, you'll do well to keep an eye out for additional school and business closures. 

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