Women urged to take the day off on Wednesday, March 8 as part of ‘Day Without a Woman’ strike
The group behind the anti-Trump Women’s March are encouraging every female around the world to take the day off next Wednesday.
The group are planning their “General Strike: A day without a woman” event in honour of International Women’s Day .
On March 8 women are being asked to not take up any paid or unpaid work.
They are also instructed to not spend a single penny, except at businesses owned by women or minorities.
The idea is that it will demonstrate how much of a contribution the female species makes to the world – and what happens when they officially go on strike.
The problem is that many people won’t just be able to take the day off without suffering any repercussions – so for these ladies, they can show support by wearing red that day.
On the Women’s March website it says: “In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8 A Day Without a Woman.
“Recognising the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system – while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.”
The Women’s March group are joining the already well-established annual International Women’s Strike on March 8, after seeing a huge success with their anti-Trump protests in Janaury.
The movement, planned and organized by women in more than 30 different countries, was inspired by a strike brought by Icelandic women in 1975.
It then grew over the decades throughout Poland, Korea and Argentina.
This year millions of protesters from the Women’s March gathered in cities across the world on January 21 to protest against President Trump’s first full day in office.
The marches across the US were believed to be the biggest protest in US history, with an estimated 2.9 million in attendance.
Washington DC led the way with at least 500,000 people gathering for a rally outside the US Capitol building.
Just a day earlier, smaller crowd was present to see Trump sworn in as the 45th President of the United States .
A further estimated 500,000 people took to the streets in Los Angeles while in Trump’s home town of New York, crowds gathered in their hundreds of thousands to make their feelings know.
Similar marches were held around the world as men, women and children united against the new world leader.
Organisers, including the Women’s Equality Party, said an estimated 100,000 descended on central London with similar events taking place in Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool and Cardiff.
Marches were also held around Europe including Paris and Barcelona.
Celebrities Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer and Patricia Arquette were among demonstrators at the Washington event.
In London the march began at the American Embassy in the capital, then snaked its way around the streets before finishing with a party atmosphere rally in Trafalgar Square, on the president’s first full day in the Oval Office.
People were campaigning against the sexist comments and harassment claims against Trump, with placards from the London event including slogans such “grabbing misogyny by the balls”, “grab him by the tax returns” and “dump Trump, no racism”.