Today we celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8) a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of ALL women in ALL parts of the world. Today also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and working towards equality in all way.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem (feminist, journalist, and social and political activist)
In collective efforts to show the world how important and vital women are to our society, the organizers of the widely attended and successful Women’s March came up with the idea to show the world how it would be without women. To take a stand, several men and women around the world are participating in a day of economic solidarity to truly show what a day without women would really look like.
According to TIME magazine:
84% of women make up our pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school teachers. So schools would be out of order or filled with substitutes and chaos! #schoolsout
85% of women are bank tellers, so if you needed to cash a check or lost your debit card you are S.O.L
44% of women are bus drivers, ambulance drivers, subway, streetcar, and other rail transportation workers so if you are frequent when it comes to public transportation, expect to wait a longer time for your ride!
78% of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are women so if you have a cavity, needed those wisdom teeth taken out, or wanted to try veneers you might want to reschedule your appointment!
63% of tax preparers are women so if you haven’t gotten your taxes done yet, no refund check for you!
78% of physicians and surgeons, registered nurses and physician assistants are women so if you are terribly injured or sick, we feel bad for you!
58% of editors, news analysts, reporters, and correspondents, media and communication workers and proofreaders and copy markers are women, so your daily dish of news is not happening today and if it does happen we guarantee you that information and detail will be missing.
A #daywithoutwoman can go a lot of different ways depending on the roles that the important women you encounter play. Today, this month, and every day we encourage you to celebrate and pay respect to each and every woman that you encounter on a daily basis. Every woman is a boss in their own right and it’s time the world celebrates that.
Happy International Women’s Day!