In Focus: Women's March Organizers Call for a 1-Day Strike

Will U.S. women follow the lead of female workers around the world and walk out to protest inequality?

By Kathy Gurchiek Feb 8, 2017

​Hoping to keep up the momentum from the Women's March on Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21 and dozens of sister marches around the world, organizers are planning a one-day women's strike. No date has been set--so HR and managers may not be able to plan yet for disruptions if a significant part of the workforce walks out--but some people are suggesting International Women's Day on March 8.

Multiple women's marches and strikes took place around the world in 2016. In Poland on Oct. 3, thousands of women refused to work to protest what they saw as restrictive abortion laws. Argentinean women took to the streets on Oct. 16 to protest violence against women. On Oct. 24 Iceland's female workers staged a walk out  to protest pay inequity.

'A Day Without A Woman'—Women's March Organizers Plan General Strike

The organizers of last month's Women's March announced Monday their intention to hold a general strike at a date to be determined. The date has not been announced.


Feminists and Activists Call for Worldwide Women's Strike on March 8

In an Op-Ed for The Guardian, a group of feminist activists and writers issued a call for "feminism for the 99 percent." They join feminist groups from around 30 countries in calling for a mass strike of women on March 8, International Women's Day

(The New York Times

Can the Women's March Organizers Maintain Momentum?

Two weeks after hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded cities across the country, in a massive show of support for women's and human rights, the organizers behind the Women's March on Washington and its offshoots searched for ways to turn that enthusiasm into real and lasting change.

(PBS Newshour

Women's March on Washington Broadcasts Message of Parity, Equity

The January rally and march were the flashpoints that have been missing in the fight for workplace equality, noted corporate gender strategist Jeffery Tobias Halter.

(SHRM Online) 

French Women Go on Strike to Protest Gender Pay Gap

Women across France left their offices at 4:34 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2016—the time at which they stopped being paid for 2016 in comparison to men. Women in France work the equivalent of 38.2 more days each year than men for the same salary.


The Women's March Defines Protest in the Facebook Age

The hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children who took to the streets of Washington—as well as the millions more who filled the streets in cities from Los Angeles to New York—came to defend reproductive rights and voting rights and housing rights, immigrant rights and racial equality, gun control and religious freedom, the environment, and the Affordable Care Act. It was a protest as sprawling, diverse, and ubiquitous as the platform that spawned it: Facebook.


Women in Iceland Protest Country's 14% Pay Gap by Leaving Work 14% Early

Thousands of Iceland's female employees across Iceland walked out of workplaces at 2:38 p.m. Oct. 24, 2016, to protest against earning less than men. Iceland is the best country in the world for gender equality, yet women still earn on average 14 to 18 percent less than their male colleagues— a discrepancy that unions and women's organizations say means women effectively work for free after 2:38 p.m. Women in that country took similar walk-outs in 1975, 2005 and 2008.
(The New York Times

When Protest Fails

Popular demonstrations can bring change and topple governments. They can also spark retaliation from those in power.

(The Atlantic

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