The ‘Day Without a Woman’ puts allies in an awkward position.
I understand the point of the ‘day without a woman’ strike is to bring awareness to inequality towards women. I’ve repeatedly advocated for for women’s rights, especially as it comes to reproductive rights. However, many women are not fortunate enough to have a job where they are able to take a day off work without losing pay, which excludes many women from being involved with the protest.
What’s more, is when schools are forced to be closed as a result, children get caught in the middle. It also puts pressure on parents who may not be able to afford taking a day off of work (… which includes other women).
When we protest or speak out in favor of change, we’re looking to convince those who are uncertain of their position to our side of the argument. We’re also trying to plant small seeds of doubt in the minds of those who disagree with us, in hope that it grows and eventually destroys barriers to equality that currently exist, both legislative and from a societal stigma standpoint.
Striking for a single day is not going to accomplish anything with those who deny that equality for women is a legitimate issue. What it does is create a point of extremely valid criticism for repugnant “men’s rights activists” to attack the feminism movement as a whole. It puts allies for women’s equality, myself included, in a position where we cannot defend the movement.