A day without women? Teacher protest shuts USA city schools

Carla Harmon
March 9, 2017

American women stayed home from work, zipped up their wallets, wore red and joined rallies across the country to demonstrate their economic clout Wednesday as part of International Women's Day events around the globe. "Thank you all very much for coming", said Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, addressing those who rallied on Capitol Hill.

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On "A Day Without an Immigrant", several businesses around the country fired workers who took the day off to participate in the nationwide strike.

The protests are in conjunction with a longstanding holiday known as International Women's Day, which is on March 8 annually.

Women rallied in Cincinnati at Piatt Park Wednesday evening.

"We wanted to represent every marginalized woman whose voice doesn't count as much as a man's", said Warren, a sales associate in the male-dominated construction industry.

She noted the value of International Women's Day and the discussions it prompts.

Some criticized the strike, warning that many women can not afford to miss work or find child care.

"We've also put services in place to make sure that we minimize the impact on families so we have breakfast and lunch service for any of our students".

Women make up more than 47 per cent of the US workforce and are dominant among registered nurses, dental assistants, cashiers, accountants and pharmacists, according to the census. "Although as an editorial staff we are privileged to have this platform and audience (as well as the opportunity to take a day off of work), journalism is still an industry that disproportionately awards leadership and power to men, and as a result, we still struggle to be taken seriously when we talk about politics". "We're exposed to many different cultures and many different types of people".

"It's a way to bring attention to women's rights, better pay, better working conditions - and I would say because I'm a nurse, better health care for women", she said.

Trump took to Twitter to salute "the critical role of women" in the US and around the world. Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor - for $50 to $100, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

Trump - whose campaign was almost derailed by sexual harassment charges - tweeted Wednesday that he had "tremendous respect" for women, triggering a deluge of scorn on social media.

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