Feminists all over the world are calling for a women’s strike to be held on March 8, i.e International Women’s Day.
The International women’s strike could be different from what the organisers of the Women’s March have in the works. The Women’s March organisers are gearing up for a massive strike, they call “A Day Without Women,’ but they are still to announce the date for the strike.
In an Op-ed for The Guardian, that quickly went viral, a group of feminist activists and writers, called for a strike on March 8th.
“The idea is to mobilise women, including trans women, and all who support them in an international day of struggle – a day of striking, marching, blocking roads, bridges, and squares, abstaining from domestic, care and sex work, boycotting, calling out misogynistic politicians and companies, striking in educational institutions,” said the letter.
They want this movement to illustrate “feminism for the 99 percent”
They say that “lean-in feminism and other variants of corporate feminism have failed the majority who do not have ave access to individual self-promotion and advancement and whose conditions of life can be improved only through policies that defend social reproduction, secure reproductive justice and guarantee labor rights.”
The letter said that the strike on March 8 will be in collaboration with feminist groups from around 30 countries who have also called for a strike.
The letter argues for a more broad-reaching feminism, a grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism, that is in solidarity with working women.
The Women’s march which took place a day after President Trump’s inauguration became a world wide event, with more than 600 sister marches organised around the world, and the strike wants ride on the momentum that it created.