Handwriting by Marisa Mangum
On March 8, individuals throughout the world will be recognizing International Women’s Day. The organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington, which saw more than one million participants in the United States, according to CNN, have come together for a strike titled A Day Without a Woman.
A statement on the Women’s March website reads, “In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.”
The mission behind A Day Without a Woman is to call attention to the importance of women in the economic realm, both in the United States and throughout the world, and to raise awareness about economic inequalities faced by women and gender nonconforming individuals.
The event’s organizers have suggested a few different ways for people to participate. They include:
1. Wearing red as a form of solidarity
2. Women taking the day off of paid and unpaid labor
3. Not shopping, except for at local small businesses, women-owned businesses, and minority-owned businesses
Take a look below at a few interesting statistics to learn about women’s roles in the global economy, whether it’s paid labor or unpaid labor.
In several parts of the world, women lack access to necessities and rights. As a result, it is more challenging for them to become a part of the official labor market or to start independent businesses as entrepreneurs, according to the International Monetary Fund.
The Women’s Bureau of the United States Department of Labor reported that in 2014, women who were working full-time and year-round earned, on average, 79 percent of men’s median yearly earnings.
Women-owned companies create a $3 trillion impact on the economy, which means the creation of and/or maintenance of a total of 23 million jobs, according to the National Women’s Business Council. This benefits employees as well as their families, their communities, and the United States in general.