As many of you may know, yesterday was International Women’s Day, which many knew as A Day Without Women. While this is a great day to celebrate women in your life, there were many flaws in the acts many women took in order to take part in A Day Without Women. While many of these have been pointed out on social media already, I feel the need to reiterate them.
A Day Without Women was an event inspired by A Day Without Immigrants. While it is arguably an important thing to have done, many people have pointed out that no one is saying we don’t need women in this country. On the other hand, some people are trying to argue that we don't need immigrants, when in fact, we depend on them to be a part of so many of our communities. Not that women aren’t important in our communities, but the immigrant strike was in response to a thought that we don't need them, when in fact, we do. With the current administration, it is important now more than ever to show our support for one another.
Not all women can afford to miss a day of work in order to protest. While many wish they could, some people just can’t. I can tell you I wish I could have gone to protest and support my fellow women, but I had class. That being said, missing class isn’t anything close to missing work.
Let it be said that all of the Day Without Women events and plans were in good intentions, however they were not as inclusive as possible. I personally think that many communities were excluded from the ideas behind the Day Without Women. In order for an event like this to be more inclusive, we need to take into account women who can’t miss work, trans women, and women in between every demographic. Because if your feminism isn’t intersectional, it isn’t the feminism we need right now.