First, I have to thank Kat @ The Patchwork Diaries for her post A Day Without Mom because that was the inspiration for this post. Give it a read, it really puts things into perspective.
I totally understand the message behind A Day Without Women and the fact that when we come together our power and numbers are incredible, I just don’t agree with some responses to it.
Obviously, not everyone who participated in the day is unaware of this fact but for those that criticize women for not participate in the strike, you’re missing one very important piece of information: Not all women can afford to participate in this day. Before you ask someone how they could possible justify not participating in this protest, check your privilege. Especially in terms of classism.
What about the working moms? What if they are also single mothers? What if one day off could have seriously cost them?
Even if they aren’t from a lower socioeconomic status or have children to feed and a mortgage to pay, what if they had an incredibly important thing to do at work that day. Something that if they bailed on it, could have gotten them fired or just caused a lot of chaos.
For example, in certain cities around the U.S. some schools had to shut down for the lack of teachers. It’s amazing because it shows how vital the role of women is to the education system but…..when schools are closing last minute, what about all of those children? What if their mothers can’t take them to work with them? What if they can’t afford child care? Can you imagine how detrimental it would be if all nurses all over the country decided one day just to not show up to work?
I’m not saying not to participate in the strike. Please do. It shows how much we are needed. But don’t assume that just because you can, everyone else can too. After all, the first International Working Women’s Day did take place on a Sunday because….most people didn’t have to work that day.