Women staying home for ‘A Day Without a Woman”

    The Baton Rouge Chapter of the National Organization for Women has asked its members to wear red, not shop and not go to work today in observance of “A Day Without a Woman.”

    As The Associated Press reports, women across the country are doing the same as well as attending rallies to show their economic strength and impact on society as part of International Women’s Day celebrations happening across the globe.

    Angela Adkins, president of the local NOW chapter, confirmed to Daily Report the group’s participation and says the local chapter also asked Mayor Sharon Weston Broome to issue a proclamation for International Women’s Day. Adkins is picking up the proclamation today.

    The Louisiana Socialist Network, a group that aims to educate the state’s working class “on class consciousness, the problem of capitalism, and the solution found in socialism,” according to its Facebook page, will hold a 4 p.m. rally in New Orleans in Jackson Square.

    “A Day Without a Woman” is the first major action by organizers of the Women’s March since the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, when millions of women poured into the streets in protest of misogyny, inequality and oppression.

    In the U.S., spokeswoman Cassady Findlay says organizers for “A Day Without a Woman” were inspired by the recent “Day Without an Immigrant” protests held last month. She says the action is aimed at highlighting the effect of women on the country’s socioeconomic system and demonstrating how the paid and unpaid work of women keeps households, communities and economies running.

    President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning and asked followers to join him in “honoring the critical role of women” in the U.S. and abroad, saying he has “tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.”

    According to the U.S. Census, women make up more than 47% of the workforce and are dominant in professions including registered nurses, dental assistants, cashiers, accountants and pharmacists. They make up at least a third of physicians and surgeons, as well as lawyers and judges. Women also represent 55% of all college students.

    Still, women continue to be paid less than men, earning 80 cents for every dollar earned by men. The median income for women was $40,742 in 2015, compared with $51,212 for men, according to census data.

    In Louisiana, women earn around 68% of their male counterparts. New Orleans lawmaker J.P. Morrell has again filed legislation aimed at closing the state’s income gap. The

    The Associated Press has the full story.

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