Starting at midnight tonight I am going on a social media blackout and participating in a #DayWithoutAWoman. I will honor the movements that took place before ours on International Women’s Day, and I will honor the women in my life and those who aren’t. I will be wearing red, not doing any paid or unpaid work, and not buying anything.
I strike for FULL equality of women everywhere, in wages, the workplace, family, emotional labor, reproductive choice, and personal safety. I support women everywhere to be free from harassment or judgment.
I strike for ALL women. Women of every race, ethnicity, economic background, immigration status. Every Native and indigenous person. I strike for Black lives. Every trans*, non-binary, non-gender conforming, and femme person. Every lesbian, gay, bi, queer, intersex, asexual, and aromatic woman or person.
I strike for those oppressed by white supremacy and imperialism and for religious freedom everywhere. For freedom to speak your mind but also for freedom from violence. For those who have been judged for their family and life choices or non-choices, regardless of whether you have kids. I strike for those who have been affected by domestic, sexual, emotional, or psychological abuse or violence. I strike for those who like me, have a mental disability and for quality mental healthcare for all.
I strike to promote love and respect for women and all individuals but against oppression in all its forms. I strike for health rights, for the right to have an education, for the right to have clean water and shelter. I strike for Standing Rock and the water protectors who fought to save clean water and preserve treaty rights. I strike for Flint and other cities across the world affected by lack of or infected natural resources, infectious diseases, poor or lack of health care facilities, for environmental protection.
I will spend the day doing self care because self care is power and resistance. I will spend the day contemplating those with less privilege and fortune than me and ways I can support them physically, emotionally, financially. I will contemplate those who do not have the ability to take the day off for lack of financial resources or workers rights, particularly how I can support women in female-dominated fields.
Please join me. Our liberation is bound up in each others’. ✊🏽✊🏼✊🏿✊🏾✊🏻