Yesterday, women around the world went on strike from work of all kinds and took to the streets in honor of International Women’s Day (IWD). The event is celebrated annually in countries across the globe, but its roots are here in the United States: the first IWD was organized in 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America. Despite that lefty history, it’s long been treated in this country as a regular day bolstered by feel-good, vaguely feminist-sounding, corporate gestures.
Not this year, though. This year, thanks to calls from a group of grassroots feminist organizers and the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, IWD took on an additional name — Day Without a Woman — and became more than a hollow gesture in the US. Thousands of women around the country went on strike from their jobs, shutting down schools along the East Coast, while countless more demonstrated and marched for women’s rights. They wore red and they carried signs. They rallied to make a point to the virtually all-male Trump administration about just how valuable and essential women are.
Many of Hyperallergic’s female employees and contributors went on strike yesterday (myself included), but we did take some photographs while we were out. Here’s a taste of what we saw in Oakland and New York City.