Red is the Color of Solidarity for 'A Day Without a Woman'
The Women's March announced the agenda for its planned strike on March 8, "a day where women feel empowered to take a stance on their value in the workplace," said Cassady Fendlay, a national spokesperson.
Women's March organizers announced on Thursday the call to action for "A Day Without a Woman," a strike planned for March 8 — International Women's Day.
Organizers are encouraging women to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, and for supporters of the movement to only spend money at small, women- and minority-owned businesses. There is a specific call for "male allies" to use the day to "call out decision-makers at the workplace and in the government to extend equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women."
"Businesses are participating by closing for the day or giving women workers the day off, and by auditing how their policies impact women and their families," Women's March organizers said.
"Many households that rely on caregivers, nannies, housekeepers and elder care will grant a paid day off in a show of respect and solidarity for the importance of care work."
On January 21, hundreds of thousands of protesters in the U.S. and abroad participated in women's marches in opposition to the policies of President Donald Trump. Many women wore knitted, pink cat-eared hats in support of the Pussyhat Project to protest Trump's recorded comments regarding women.
"We have to fight harder than we've ever fought before," Jalila Bell, a women's march attendee, told DiversityInc.
However, for Wednesday's strike, organizers are encouraging participants to wear red attire to show solidarity as the color signifies "revolutionary love and sacrifice."
"We want this to be a day where women feel empowered to take a stance on their value in the workplace and the world beyond," said Cassady Fendlay, a national spokesperson with the Women's March.
Organizers did note that it might not be feasible for everyone who supports the cause to participate in a strike. But they suggest those who are able to strike attend rallies and marches for International Women's Day and support or volunteer with local groups.
"While the most impactful way would be to take the day off, we realize that many women in our most vulnerable communities or whose jobs provide essential services, including reproductive health services, will not have the ability to join the strike," Fendlay said.
"We strike for each of them and we look forward to seeing the creative ways both men and women will showcase their support."
DiversityInc asked Nikol Alexander-Floyd, a political scientist and women's studies professor, her thoughts on the strike and on race in relation to the movement.
Organizers said "A Day Without a Woman" recognizes the value that women of all backgrounds add to the socio-economic system, "all while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity."
A poster at the Women's March on Washington, Jan. 21, 2017 / DIVERSITYINC
According to Pew Research Center, women across all races and ethnicities earn less than white men, and men in their own racial or ethnic group.
Asian women earned 87 cents per dollar earned by a white man in 2015, white women 82 cents per dollar, Black women 65 cents per dollar and Latinas 58 cents per dollar.
The American Association of University Women's (AAUW) research, "The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap," states:
"At the rate of change between 1960 and 2015, women are expected to reach pay equity with men in 2059. But even that slow progress has stalled in recent years. If change continues at the slower rate seen since 2001, women will not reach pay equity with men until 2152."
Nikol G. Alexander-Floyd, an associate professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, told DiversityInc that she viewed the Women's March in January as the "un-Inauguration" of President Donald Trump.
"The Women's March was successful in making opposition to [President] Trump visible, and in affirming the need to resist the Trump administration long-term," she said. "Happening 24 hours after his swearing in, I like to think of it as the 'un-Inauguration.'
"Although they are not always highlighted or recognized in public coverage, there are women of color that have been involved in organizing the Women's March, and they were certainly participants."
Alexander-Floyd also said the Women's March must practice long-term organizing in order to forge a political agenda, work through conflicts and develop consensus around issues.
"The heightened responsiveness of the public to oppose nominations and to protest executive orders is certainly necessary and encouraging, so this is something that organizers of the Women's March should facilitate," she said.
Alexander-Floyd also noted, "There is no self-evident common ground that all women share and by which they are motivated. We are diverse experientially, ideologically and in terms of our backgrounds and priorities."
The Women's March stated that it "stands in solidarity with the feminists of color, organizers and grassroots groups that are planning global actions for equity, justice and human rights on March 8."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren releases a DNA test as the Republican House Majority Leader's family member is revealed as taking government set-asides fraudulently.
In a rebuttal to President Trump's ridiculing of her as "fake Pocahontas," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released a DNA test that shows "strong evidence" she has Native-American heritage. Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's family benefited from a U.S. program for minorities based on the doubtful claim his brother-in-law is Cherokee.
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Moving the children under the cover of night is supposedly to prevent them from trying to escape.
President Trump made the unconscionable decision to transport roughly 1,600 migrant children from various private foster homes and shelters around the country to a tent city in Tornillo, Texas.
Jared Hensley has been placed on administrative leave.
A Tennessee high school athletic director has been put on administrative leave after he made sexist comments in a video banning athletic shorts.
In the video, addressed to students, Jared Hensley discussed the fact that athletic shorts had been banned at Soddy-Daisy High School. He specifically addressed the male students explaining that he was forced to make this decision due to the girls breaking the dress code.
"I know, boys, you're thinking, 'I don't understand why, it's not fair, athletic shorts go past your knees' … If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls. Because they pretty much ruin everything," said Hensley.
"They ruin the dress code, they ruin ... well, ask Adam. Look at Eve. That's really all you really gotta get to, OK. You can really go back to the beginning of time. So, it'll be like that the rest of your life. Get used to it, keep your mouth shut, suck it up [and] follow the rule."
The Chattanooga Times Free Press uploaded the video to YouTube.
The Twitter community was quick to criticize Hensley asking followers to contact Hamilton County School to express their concern.
(1/4) The events of yesterday and today are on our minds and hearts. As an organization, we will not stand for language and sentiment, joke or not, that makes any students feel less-than or to blame for problems they did not cause.
— momsforsocialjustice (@momsforsj) September 27, 2018
(2/4) Our community came together and called school board members in the Hamilton County Department of Education and contacted local media outlets and journalists to make them aware of the situation.
— momsforsocialjustice (@momsforsj) September 27, 2018
@LatriciaTnc9 Jared Hensley should be fired immediately. There's no excuse for that kind of misogyny in our educators.
— Kathy MacLaren (@AllUKnead) September 28, 2018
I wouldn't be the man I am today without the women in my life. My wife makes me stronger and loving. My little sister makes me wiser and caring. My friends make me compassionate and welcoming.
You're view of women is not only wrong, it's repulsive! Do better! https://t.co/jMCDA6fsGD
— Mr. Rattlebone (@BradyLikeBunch) September 28, 2018
Hamilton County superintendent Bryan Johnson said in a statement on Wednesday, "We have reviewed the video content. We find the comments about young women in this video inexcusable, as the sentiments expressed do not align with the values of Hamilton County Schools. The situation is under investigation and this employee has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately."
"If he thinks the death of 3,000 people is a success, God help us all," said Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan.
President Trump actually boasted on Tuesday about the shortcomings that killed 3,000 Puerto Ricans during, and after, Hurricane Maria last September.
He said that while the response to hurricanes in Texas and Florida got excellent grades, "I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success."
Williams standing up to sexism is creating a fear of culture change.
As a Black woman, and tennis superstar, Serena Williams has experienced racism and sexism in her profession, repeatedly. And now, umpires may collectively come against her for calling out sexism and boycott her matches.
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UPDATE: Serena Williams to US Open Official: 'Because I'm a Woman, You're Gonna Take This Away From Me?'
Williams' "thief" comment to Carlos Ramos amounted to $10,000 of the imposed fines. James Blake and Andy Roddick comment on Twitter.
UPDATE: Sept. 10, 2018
The US Open tournament referee's office fined Serena Williams a total of $17,000 for three code violations — $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to The Associated Press. The funds will come out of her prize money of $1.85 million as the runner-up.
The $10,000 fine for "verbal abuse" is the largest fine of the U.S. Open so far.
Williams called Ramos a "thief" and demanded an apology for his accusation that she was cheating. However, James Blake tweeted that he's said worse to umpires:
I will admit I have said worse and not gotten penalized. And I've also been given a “soft warning" by the ump where they tell you knock it off or I will have to give you a violation. He should have at least given her that courtesy. Sad to mar a well played final that way. https://t.co/xhBzFZX8Wq
— James Blake (@JRBlake) September 9, 2018
Andy Roddick admits to saying worse as well.
I've regrettably said worse and I've never gotten a game penalty
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) September 9, 2018
Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-4, on Saturday at the US Open women's final. But #Serena was trending on Twitter as fans reacted to a double standard in tennis.
To voters: You can make sure that white nationalists don't feel empowered to march in Charlottesville in the middle of the day.
Former President Barack Obama kicked off his campaigning for November's midterms, on Friday afternoon, and took jabs at President Trump and the spineless backbones of his Republican constituents.
Obama spared no expense rebuking the administration's actions that have emboldened racists.
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Ken Harrelson said James should keep his "nose out of politics and just play."
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