Women across the world walked out of their offices and hit the streets today in support of the International Women's Strike, an event organized for International Women's Day to protest Donald Trump's presidency and also "demand social provision and labor rights" for women. Schools closed, websites ceased operations, tons of celebrities tweeted about the strike, and lawmakers stood in solidarity with marchers, signaling widespread support of the action. At the beginning of the day, even a monument was erected in honor of the event, thanks to a Wall Street firm that decided to place a statue of a defiant little girl opposite the New York business district's famous bull statue.
This statue of a little girl facing the bull just appeared in Wall Street. pic.twitter.com/AfhoMOnfvR— Miguel Faus (@MiguelFaus) March 8, 2017
Before the strike, Donald Trump tweeted to express his support of International Women's Day, despite his glaring history as a misogynistic advocate for sexual assault.
On International Women's Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
The President was, thankfully, shut down on Twitter by comedians and critics alike.
The Trump WH is so feminist, EVERY day is Day Without a Woman. pic.twitter.com/rYZeYo04kn— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) March 8, 2017
And, in New York City, 13 women protesting in front of Trump Tower were arrested for "civil disobedience" after they refused to protest on the sidewalks instead of on the street.
UPDATE: Meet us at 7th precinct (19 1/2 Pitt St) in Manhattan to show solidarity with our sisters who were arrested today. #DayWithoutAWoman— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
Elsewhere, women from all over shared photos documenting the other efforts of those striking. For those wondering what a #DayWithoutAWoman looks like, the protest today provided a powerful reminder of what's at stake when women strike.
To find out more about the Women’s Strike, visit www.womensstrike.org.