Join us for our running coverage of #DayWithoutAWoman!
While many female journalists are out covering today's actions, there are others who are joining in the general strike. Teen Vogue - which has been very active in its critical writing on Trump - is one outlet that has gone on strike in solidarity with the #DayWithoutAWoman protests.
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) March 8, 2017
Trans people are much more likely to be victims of sexual assault than others. In the Trump era, they also face a renewed reactionary push back against their most basic rights. Now, more than ever, it is important to position the feminist movement for gender parity as one of inclusion.
Trans women are women. On #DayWithoutAWoman pls remember that every single day is a day w/o the 7 trans women who have been murdered in 2017
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
A look back at a thoughtful discussion featured on our sister podcast Impact Lab that delves into the nature of sexism.
Below, you'll find Trump's official statement for International Women's Day. But first, a quick reminder of how the embattled reality star president actually views women he interacts with - like a predator:
I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.
White House Statement for International Women's Day
International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon the meaningful progress women have made throughout society, while also acknowledging that there is still much work that remains to be done to ensure the complete and consequential participation of women in all spheres of economic, political, and public life. Throughout our history, women have made enormous contributions in the service of our country, and we know that as a Nation, America will only become stronger, more prosperous, and better able to meet our shared goals, as women achieve greater access to a level playing field.
The United States, as a beacon of hope and a leader in promoting women’s rights, is deeply committed to empowering women both at home and abroad. Our policies will work to advance the economic empowerment of women by promoting entrepreneurship and equal access to education, employment opportunities, and training adapted to a new economic landscape.
Together, America looks forward to a bright future with women in higher-wage jobs throughout high-growth sectors. America remains committed to empowering women around the world to realize their full potential within the global marketplace. And with our international partners, America will build upon the legacy of previous generations of women who have bravely broken through both economic and political barriers.
It was with these goals in mind that, as one of its first initiatives, this Administration ramped up efforts to promote women in business by launching the United States-Canada Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. The United States will continue to work with Canada and other partners around the globe to ensure that all women have the opportunity to succeed.
Today, the United States renews its commitment to fostering economic growth and job creation by harnessing the full potential of women in our economy. This Administration will work diligently to encourage women to enter and succeed in the workforce while addressing the many barriers women still face in achieving economic success, including those that impede women’s access to capital, markets, and networking opportunities.
Last October, women and allies in Poland went on strike in opposition to a total abortion bill pushed by their country's reactionary government. The strike was a huge inspiration to people across the globe, showing the economic power exercised by strikers and that direct action works. Today, Poland is back out on the streets.
— Christian Davies (@crsdavies) March 8, 2017
As Lise UN Global Compact CEO and Executive Director Lise Kingo writes over at CNBC, closing the gender pay gap simply makes economic sense. However, she also underscores the challenges that we face a society. It comes down to being able to acknowledge that bias does in fact exist:
With more women setting the example for what gender equality can look like, business leaders have an opportunity to watch, listen and learn what's possible with women leading business – and take action to support and/or partner with them for mutual and societal benefit. But in order to unleash the possibilities, they must be willing to acknowledge that gender bias does exist, and it can be an unconscious attitude that even the most well-intentioned CEO may hold.
Women and allies across the United States will be donning red today to display their solidarity with the day's overarching goal to highlight women's integral part of society as well as the importance of protecting women's rights.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
Welcome to Impact Tap’s #DayWithoutWomen live blog! We’re going to cover developments across the country as women go on strike in the fight for gender parity.