March 8 Marks 'A Day Without a Woman'
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March 8 is International Women's Day.
In the United States, some people will be marking the day by protesting. Wednesday is being called "A Day Without a Woman."
Organizers of the Women's March on Washington proposed the demonstration in the United States. Like that march in January, organizers say the protest is in reaction to President Donald Trump's position on women's issues and comments he has made about women.
But unlike the women's march, Wednesday's protest centers on the absence of women.
Organizers are calling for women to take the day off work and are urging them not to spend money Wednesday. They say "A Day Without a Woman" is a way to bring attention to, in their words, "the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system -- while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequalities."
Organizers also are asking supporters to wear the color red to show love and sacrifice.
Some U.S. school districts have already canceled classes for Wednesday. Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia said more than 300 staff members requested to take off work Wednesday.
As they did with the women's march, the organizers for the "A Day Without a Woman" strike have largely used social media to gain support and spread the word.
But, some people on social media have been sharply critical of the protest. They say that, because many women cannot afford to take a day off work, the protest only includes those at a higher economic level.
A writer for the Los Angeles Times describes Wednesday's protest as "A Day Without a Privileged Woman." "Privileged" means having special rights or conditions that most other people do not have.
The organizers, however, have said that women who can protest will strike for those who cannot.
"Many women in our most vulnerable communities will not have the ability to join the strike, due to economic insecurity," organizers said on their website. "We strike for them."
Women in more than 50 countries around the world will also protest on March 8. The movement is part of the International Women's Strike. They will be protesting violence against women and demanding equal rights.
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1.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
2.the absence of ...缺席
In the absence of actual data no reliance can be placed on such figures.
3.equal rights 平等权利
Women in our country enjoy equal rights with men.
4.strike for 为...而罢工
The workers have been on strike for three days now.
1.They say that, because many women cannot afford to take a day off work, the protest only includes those at a higher economic level.
take a day off 请假；休息
I thought you might take a day off.
When you take a day off, you can run fast and hard next time you get out there.
2.Many women in our most vulnerable communities will not have the ability to join the strike, due to economic insecurity," organizers said on their website.
due to 由于；归咎于
The country's economic problems are largely due to the weakness of the recovery.
Mistakes due to carelessness may have serious consequences.
美国一些民众通过抗议来纪念这一节日 。周三还被称为“没有女性的一天” 。
华盛顿“妇女大游行”组织提出在美国举行游行 。该组织曾在1月份举行过游行，旨在抗议总统唐纳德·特朗普（Donald Trump）在妇女问题上的立场和言辞 。
组织方呼吁女性当天停止工作和购物 。他们表示，“没有女性的一天”能够让人们关注“不同背景的女性对社会经济体系产生的影响，以及女性遭受到的低工资等诸多不公平待遇 。
美国一些学区已经取消了周三的课程 。弗吉尼亚州亚历山大市的公立学校表示，超过300名员工要求周三停止工作 。
但是，一些网友对该抗议活动大为不满 。他们说，许多女性无法承担停一天工引起的后果，抗议者只局限于那些经济水平较高的女性 。
洛杉矶时报的作家将周三的抗议称为“没有特权女性的一天” 。“特权”是指大多数人无法享有的特权或优待 。
组织者在网站上表示，“在脆弱经济体系中的多数女性无法参加罢工 。我们将替她们发声 。”
50多个国家的女性将于3月8日举行抗议活动 。此次抗议只是国际妇女罢工的一部分 。她们将针对妇女的暴力行为进行抗议并要求权利平等 。