March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a day meant to tout the social, economic, cultural and political successes of women while urging more gender equality. The first women’s day was in 1909 (but in February) when 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York demanding improved pay, shorter hours and voting rights.
What is “A Day Without Women”?
Wednesday is being organized as a day of action to spotlight the economic power and value of women and their contributions to society in paid and unpaid labor. Organizers hope to call attention to economic injustices women face such as lower wages, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurities. The International Women’s Strike is planned and organized by women in more than 50 countries to promote issues facing women who are marginalized. Among them: gender violence, reproductive freedom, labor rights, and environmental protections
How Can You Participate?
- Women are encouraged to not work, whether your job is paid or unpaid.
- Wear RED in solidarity with all women
- Avoid shopping in stores and online—except for local small businesses and women-owned companies that support A Day Without Women
- You can print and wear the #KeepMarching paper button on your clothing. Download here, I also will print off a stack of these and put them in the Anchorage Work Room
- Rally for equal pay and other workplace issues for women on social media
Women in Alaska’s Early Care & Learning Industry
Low wages is one of the major challenges facing the early care & learning sector. Average annual wages in the Alska child care sector total only 40% of avaergae statewide annual wages. Women make up 89% of the workforce in Alaska according to the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce, and earn an average wage of only $11,316. On International Women’s Day, advocate for higher wages for child care professionals and all women working in Alaska.