On Wednesday, participants in a national strike, dubbed “A Day Without A Woman,” didn’t go to work. But many women did — and they shared their reasons for doing so on social media.
The strike was a project by the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, which took place Jan. 21, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Similar marches took place that day across the country.
Participants in the strike, which coincides with International Women’s Day, were encouraged to avoid both paid and unpaid work, avoid spending money — except at women and minority-owned businesses — and to wear red.
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) March 8, 2017
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 8, 2017
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 8, 2017
— Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) March 8, 2017
But some women countered the protest by going to work. They shared their reasons for doing so with the hashtag #WeShowUp:
— Kimberly Williamson (@AcutelyNormal) March 8, 2017
— Sherri Hayes (@Boobear0905) March 8, 2017
#weshowup for work because not many of us are privileged enough to not have the income
— Katie (@avablinkme182) March 8, 2017
— Gloria Baker (@globaker56) March 8, 2017
— Rebecca Best-Mach (@beccisue) March 8, 2017
I’ll be home today, just like everyday. Schooling my kids, making meals, doing laundry, raising a family. #Notmyprotest
— Nikki Taylor (@madhousewife7) March 8, 2017
— Meg (@mprice155) March 8, 2017
Kudos to my doctor, Kelly Cole, and her entire female staff for showing up to work and taking great care of me! #weshowup
— Kerri Mills (@sllimk4) March 8, 2017
— Darnella Moore (@HisLoveEvang) March 8, 2017
#WeShowUp We can’t afford to miss a Day’s Pay. We respect our Obligations. We have people dependent on us.
— Anne (@MzAne4u) March 8, 2017
— Elise Yost (@EliseYost) March 8, 2017
— MaryAnnNotGinger (@MAnotGinger) March 8, 2017
I’m going to work. This is how I honor myself as a woman: I work hard to support my family. #weshowup
— Krista Bontrager ن (@theology_mom) March 8, 2017
— Angela (@angela_burris) March 8, 2017
— Patty Politics (@youngblackcon) March 8, 2017
— Ladlien (@Ladlien) March 8, 2017
Some men used the hashtag to thank the women in their lives for their hard work.
— Conor (@realdcm) March 8, 2017
#weshowup Wife works 50 hours/week as Hospice RN. Comforts and takes care of patients as they die. THATS a real woman and she’ll show up.
— Virgil Cole (@VirgilCole) March 8, 2017
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