Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
U.S. | By Jeffery Vega

Hundreds gather in Downtown LA for International Women's Day rally

Hundreds gather in Downtown LA for International Women's Day rally

Event organizers said "A Day Without a Woman" was inspired by New York City's bodega strike in which immigrant store owners closed down stores and "A Day Without Immigrants" in which many immigrants nationwide stayed home from work and school, and did not spend money February 15.

The impact on schools "will.remind the public how essential women are to education", wrote HuffPo reporters Laura Bassett and Catherine Pearson, who noted: "More than three-quarters of kindergarten through high school teachers in the United States are women".

Between them, the two school districts enrol over 25,000 pupils.

All 18 public schools in Alexandria, Virginia; Prince George's County school district near Washington, DC; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina; and the Maple Street preschool in Brooklyn have shuttered for the day.

The group, Utah Women Unite, encouraged supporters to take the day off and not spend money.

Meanwhile, rallies and protests will take place from coast-to-coast, with especially large demonstrations planned in Washington, D.C.

The local Women's March Florida: Tallahassee/Panhandle Chapter planned a vigil and strike for Wednesday night at the Capitol.

Today is "Day Without a Woman" day, created to raise the awareness and significance of women's work.

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Elana Cotto, 39, works in a hospital and said that many women there wanted to strike but couldn't because they were afraid of how it would affect their patients.

Indivisible San Diego was hosting a teach-in for International Women's Day Wednesday at 1 UCSD Biomedical Research Facility.

Organizers for A Day Without a Woman say they stand in solidarity with those participating in the International Women's Strike, but the US based protest was inspired by recent immigrant strikes, including A Day Without Immigrants. "It is entirely about the safety of students and the district's inability to operate with a high number of staff absences", said the statement.

"We didn't do this so that they can go out and protest", said Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools spokesman Jeff Nash, explaining the district's decision to close.

"This day means supports to all women, here in Rochester, around the world, supporting their paid and unpaid work, and hopefully demonstrating solidarity", she said.

"I will be coming to work because our country can't afford a day in the Senate where women's voices are not heard."

Women make up more than half of the USA population, yet still face discrimination in almost every facet of our lives. The school system announced its decision on Monday and apologized to families that now must deal with childcare issues.

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