A Day Without A Woman brought rallies and arrests to NYC and nationwide (pics)
In honor of International Women's Day, the organizers of the Women's March on Washington called for A Day Without A Woman on March 8. They suggested participating in the following ways:
Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman
Thousands participated in the strike across the country, although the level of participation was nowhere near that of January's Women's Marches. The LA Times reports:
The impact was hard to gauge. A number of schools and businesses closed for the day or gave female employees the day off. But the crowds who turned out in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and many other places were tiny compared with the millions who flooded the streets on Jan. 21.
In NYC, rallies started off at noon outside Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle. Arrests were made following acts of civil disobedience from protestors, including the four main organizers of the Women's March. Time reports:
Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez and Bob Bland were arrested early Wednesday afternoon after a day of loud but orderly protests for "A Day Without a Woman," a strike the group organized to mark IWD. The organizers, as well as several other protesters, had been sitting in the street near the Trump Hotel at Columbus Circle, disrupting traffic. A representative for the four activists confirmed the arrests.
Another Women's Strike Rally later in the afternoon brought thousands to Washington Square Park in NYC, and concluded in a march to Zuccotti Park. Pictures from that rally are in the gallery above. Watch protestors sing "I Will Survive" below.
A Day Without A Woman was inspired in part by the "Bodega Strike" that took place across NYC on February 2. Presidents Day brought out protestors nationwide and in NYC, and the LGBT community rallied in solidarity with immigrants and Muslims in NYC, too.
photos by Amanda Hatfield unless otherwise noted