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A date has been set for a *worldwide* Women’s General Strike

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Bring out your signs, girls!

Another major protest has been planned by the organisers of January’s epic Women’s March, with the call going out to women everywhere to get behind a general strike.

Plans for “A Day Without a Woman” were announced earlier this month, and now a date has been: March 8, which also happens to be International Women’s Day. Fitting, isn’t it?

Organisers posted the message to Instagram, calling for the strike that will be held in protest against some of the administrative policies of the current US government.

January’s Women’s March, which coincided with President Trump’s inauguration, was believed to be the biggest inaugural protest in history, with numbers exceeding those who turned up for the POTUS’ own inauguration.

In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch

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The organisers behind the upcoming protest wrote: “In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: Do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children?

“We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed, and hatred,” they continued. “On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman.”

So far there’s been a groundswell of support on social media for the planned day of action, with close to 20,000 likes since Tuesday’s announcement.

More information about how the strikes unfold will be revealed over the next few weeks and you can bet your ovaries that we’ll be taking part, too.

Related video: Watch women speaking about why they took to the streets at the January 21st march

Photos: Twitter/Emily Ratajkowski

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