Ladies, get in formation. The organizers of last month’s supersized Women’s March on Washington are planning a ‘day without women’ strike, an event designed to make an impactful protest against Donald Trump and his actions (and behaviours) by removing women from the workforce for a day.
Some say the Women’s March organization’s planned “day without women” is a nod to Iceland’s famed Women’s Strike in the 1970’s where 90% of the country’s women refused to cook, clean, look after the children or go to work.
On that day, Icelandic men couldn’t cope and chaos ensued: Sausages sold out almost immediately (sausages were Iceland’s fast food equivalent at the time), and schools, shops, nurseries and fish factories were forced to shut down or operate at reduced capacity for the day. Essentially, the Icelandic men freaked out and realized how much Icelandic women do for the country.
Five years later, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Iceland’s first female President was elected and there has been either a female President or female Prime Minister elected in Iceland for 20 of the last 36 years.
Sufficed to say, Iceland’s Women’s Strike worked. It really worked.
The ‘day without women’ strike is designed to protest against, well, everything that has happened in the first two weeks of Donald Trump’s term as the 45th President of the United States of America.
The date for A Day Without Women is not yet set. You can follow Women’s March on Twitter here for updates.