Are You Striking Today?

Today Man Repeller’s office is likely empty and silent save for the hum of our sad-salad-filled fridge and the tapping of Matt Little’s keys as he dutifully fulfills our litany of women-held roles. (Just kidding, we’re not making Matt do our jobs but it would be really nice if he did. Are you reading this, Matt?) We’re lucky in that we’re able to pause work today in solidarity with the Women’s Strike. Not everyone has such a privilege and so today, we strike for them too. If you notice a lull in our content, that’s why.

The Women’s Strike, held today in honor of National Women’s Day, is a strike to end restrictions on reproductive freedom, racist and sexual assaults, all forms of bigotry, an unfair minimum wage, threats to health care and social security, threads to education, threats to female dignity and disrespect. Choosing to forgo work today is, of course, a simple form of protest, but hopefully one greater than the sum of its parts.

Following the Women’s March in late January, many wondered if people would continue to show up and fight. It’s a question that still lingers. I’m curious about how you are feeling. How have these past six weeks been for you? Defeating? Tiring? Inspiring? Overwhelming? I’ve gone through each of those feelings several times over and they’ve manifested in ways I wasn’t always prepared for or proud of (panic, paralysis, willful ignorance, anger, hope).

Are you still marching? Still listening? Still showing up? Have you taken time for yourself? Where is your head? Your priorities? How are you? Are you striking today?

Ideas on how to take action here. Photo by Drew Angerer via Getty Images. 

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  • Abby

    I work at Planned Parenthood so I’m showing up and doing my job today (and every day).

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    • Chelsea Adilia Rojas

      THANK YOU!!!!

    • tmm16

      Thank you for all you do and please share with other coworkers! 🙂

    • Gabby

      I wanted to share this letter written to Planned Parenthood employees with you 🙂

  • Fezzers

    I’m a PhD student, so to be honest I don’t even know what striking from work today could look like. Not working on my qualifying exam grant paper fills me with a deep-seated anxiety, and closer to the deadline I work from home anyway. My mom did call me and tell me she’s taking the day off and “even no emails!”, so I’m proud of her – and she said she’d do extra relaxing for me.

    • Alison

      Don’t skimp on qualifying exam prep! (Professor here, who wants to see more young women succeed in academic life.)

      Your mom sounds awesome. You should relax with her after you rock your exams.

  • Mary

    Though I completely stand in solidarity with the movement, it would be a disservice for me to skip work. If anything, women should flex their muscles to show how vital we are to the work force. If I were taking the day off, I would spent it volunteering at a women’s shelter or planned parenthood

  • Molly D

    Showed up to work today WITH A COLD SORE so at least my face is proudly protesting!

    • B

      are you me? (typing this at work with a cold sore.)

  • I had to finish some things this morning. Does it still count as striking if I leave at lunch?

    • Kubla

      One small step for you, one giant leap for womankind.

  • Michaela

    I just finished taking care of my grandpa who was fighting lung and head and neck cancers. I took care of him from June to August and October to this past Saturday. Unfortunately, my work was cut short when he passed away this weekend. So it’s very easy for me to take the day off today, but I feel as if I’m not helping at all in that sense. I will always listen, though–have been since the election. For now, that’s my activism. I’ve been taking care of myself very much, I think–not perfectly as I often spread myself thin between housework and my grandpa–but without work outside the house or school, it was easier for me to make time for myself. My priorities right now are preparing for the three standardized tests I need to apply for a Master’s of Arts in Teaching program. And my head is in a weird, confusing, ever-changing state it feels like. The most I could do politically was read online from time to time whether it be news sources or people’s different opinions, CSPAN (feels the least bias and shows you what goes on in DC), and big presidential events (such as addressing a Joint Session of Congress). But my grandpa was having radiation five days a week and ended up hospitalized for low sodium levels twice, so my time was not always mine just like someone who is in school or working. So unfortunately, I couldn’t focus too much on politics. I’m spiritual (not sure about religious), so I’m putting my faith in a higher being to guide us where we need be and opening my mouth to family and on social media when I feel necessary. I pray from time to time about it when I think about it. I have my own issues (unrealistic expectations for myself in my head and trying to meet my parents where they need me in housekeeping since I live with them free of charge and they still take care of ALL of my expenses) to take care of on top of doing my best to be an accomplice for people everywhere to ensure we all have equal rights and staying informed to not let those rights be taken away from under our noses. I know this is a lot, but I did my best to answer the questions you left. Y’all said to weigh in, so I’m doing as I was told (but feel as if I may have taken it to an extreme? Hmm…). EDIT: Forgot to add I’m a sucker (picky eater who LOVES to eat), so I have already made purchases and am hoping to make more… But I would be curious to see what would happen if all women COULD and would check out for the day all at once together for twenty-four hours…Where would the world be?

    • Mariana

      So sorry for your loss. I, too, helped taken care of my grandma since august 2014 until july 2016, when we lost her due to brain cancer. It was a difficult journey but yet pleasant to have the privilege to being near her the entire time (not the last months, that ones were brutal…). I know for sure your head and heart is full of great memories, love and peace. Indulge in the sadness now but grab the memories, the wisdom and his personality to guide you through life. Do as me: be a woman your grandpa (my grandma) would be proud of, at least in terms of values and good heart (because we know the generation gap is huge in certain areas).

  • Abby

    Not striking (have work stuff I legitimately can’t miss), don’t own any red, need to spend money today (Dr.’s appointment for my husband) so I’m doing nothing.

  • Cynthia Schoonover

    I am a teacher and if I stayed home, my students would suffer. When I’m out, I have to put in for a sub, and make lesson plans for the sub. I’d rather go to work.

    • Ashley F.

      I’m also a teacher and feel that striking puts my students at jepordary. They have lessons that need to be taught and most likely my sub would be another woman who might like the day off so…

  • Kate Lippoldt

    Not striking – public school administrator – but proudly wearing my red. It’s actually sparked some great dialogue with colleagues … and a few chuckles. A few social science teachers are out of their classrooms for curriculum writing and they joked it was purposely scheduled to keep them off their soap boxes for the day. 🙂 Still feeling energized, still feeling anxious in regards to our government and the future, but have been better at self-care and really focusing my energies on the issues I feel I can most directly impact (namely, education).

  • Kubla

    Yes I am striking and using time to be wholly in my heart space filled with gratitude for Woman – for all the women who have birthed me lifted me and continue to inspire me. Woman’s limitless contributions to the world, which can be barely quantified, today, I honor them. I spend the day in deep honor for all Women. I see how frustrated and confounded men are by this strike, and even some women. In my heart I offer them peace and make space for all their feelings, stemming from how difficult it is to go on when Women have decided to do something different from the status quo, from how it always is. Women and men are of course united as humanity and I intend no harm or separation on my day of striking. This strike actually helps me see the the striking contribution of women and celebrate it, and elevate it to its proper place of being revered.

  • Liz Warners

    I was told I was not allowed to strike today. I work at a 97% female run nonprofit and the ED said a week ago it wouldn’t work. Which is strange to me because we strive ourselves to be very liberal organization, that supports women, LGBTQ+ community, only caters in from minority/women owned businesses, has a composting bin, etc. It’s confusing. So here I am sitting at my desk and striking in spirit.

    • It’s strange to you that your employer tells you that you should show up to work for your job when you’re scheduled to show up to work for your job….?

      • Liz Warners

        The strange part is that I was told I could not strike without even asking. It was an announcement made organization wide.

  • Leslie Ortiz

    I work at a non-profit that assist people struggling with drug addiction. Yes, I am at work today. Yes, if all the women did not show up this place would be closed – that’s some powerful shit. Wearing red lipstick in solidarity with everyone striking and not!

  • Anne Dyer

    I am a stay at home mom. So yes, I am working today. Working to raise two boys who understand equality, justice and love. And yes, I have red on with my “leggings as pants”.

    • Kerrith McDowell

      Yes! I was on mommy duty today, too. I didn’t strike, but instead I embraced how important my role is as a woman in the work force. I love how all the comments below express that same sentiment.

  • Grace B

    I didn’t. I totally forgot about it to be honest. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll be talking about it with my girlfriends tonight.

  • I work from home, so striking didn’t really resonate with me today. I didn’t realize there was a march though, so I’m disappointed I missed that! I’ve been to the last four major protests in NYC, so I’m trying to be present in that way, but I haven’t quite figured out where I want to focus my energy locally.

    Honestly I’m feeling a bit burnt out. I’ve got, like, eight political emails coming into my inbox every morning asking me to sign up or donate, and I think I’m stretched a little too thin. I’m taking a bit of a hiatus, but I’m not going away because I’m determined to win in the end!

    P.S. My husband did make tea for me (TWICE) so he clearly got the strike memo.

  • AryaChic

    I wanted to strike but then bills happened

  • Aydan

    Wore a red scarf tied on my wrist a la Leandra! Solidarity with all my women and supporters of women! (Was especially touched by all the men in my life sending me their red-shirted selfies yesterday!)

  • Haley Fox

    Personally I don’t think the day without women is a great way to make our point. I joined the women’s march and want to make my voice heard, but I think speaking up extra at work or trying to educate your coworkers might be more effective. Regardless, thanks to all the women trying to make life better for us all.
    I personally went to work because I am an intern trying to make a good impression and am paid hourly and trying to pay my bills. It just wasn’t feasible for a lot of people.

  • EmmaBird

    My boss gave the women on our team off for the day. I went to the Brooklyn Museum to see the Marilyn Minter exhibit – part of a year’s worth of Feminist programming at the BMA, and then visited a friend who is recovering from surgery. From supporting bad ass feminist art and female artists, to spending time with the girlfriends I’ve had for the majority of my life, I’m happy with the day and I know I’m really lucky that I was given a paid day off in solidarity with the strike.
    I know that striking is a privilege that many cannot afford – but on the other hand, what can we afford to lose? All of us are in danger – different dangers, but danger nonetheless – and protecting our rights will take all kinds of personal sacrifice. And yes, I fully acknowledge that the kindness of my boss means that I sacrificed nothing yesterday. That’s just what I’m thinking about going forward.