Alexandria, Virginia, public schools closing for 'A Day Without a Woman'

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The rally was sponsored by a host of organizations, including the Chinese Progressive Association, Community Labor United, New England United for Justice, and Matahari Women Workers' Center.

Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, said, "We recognize that there are many women who can not afford to strike today, so that's one of the reasons we made a decision to do this". The protest also aims to bring attention to the lower wages, sexual harassment, discrimination, and job insecurity that women can face in the workplace.

"We're standing with our constituents today that are participating in a day without women".

As part of the strike, organizers are encouraging those who wish to participate to wear red. According to DPS, the school district employs more than 4,300 teachers and that is a typical amount absent on any given day. The Conservative 501c4 Compass Colorado's Executive Director - and 9NEWS political expert -, Kelly Maher, said she stayed at work to fight for issues she thinks are important to women. Several school districts across the country are closing to allow their staff to participate, like Prince George High School in Maryland.

One school district in Alexandria, Virginia, announced its closure today.

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A Day Without a Woman has been criticized for seemingly ignoring the struggles of women who can't afford to take a day off work or those who fear getting fired if they do so. "It is entirely about the safety of students and the district's inability to operate with a high number of staff absences", said the statement. "Tech is a male-dominated field, so a single day without women at Tumblr may simply mean a few empty chairs in meetings". "And the third one would be to avoid shopping at any sort of large corporate owned stores, malls, and the internet", she said. We strike for them.

Digital publisher, Vix, located in Coral Gables, produced a video in support of the women's cause.

According to the Centers for American Progress, if all paid women were to take Wednesday off, it could cost the US nearly $21 billion in Gross Domestic Product.

Carolyn Ewing Milgrom commented, "Go to work, take care of your kids, and spend time with your loved ones instead of this crap".

Since 2000, women in the USA have earned between 77 and 79 percent of what men make - but that gap widens when you look at ethnic and racial groups.

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