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“General Strike: A Day Without A Woman” – Will You Participate? General Strike Also Planned for Feb. 17th

by Prince Of Petworth February 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm 36 Comments

women's strike
via @womensmarch

“Dear PoPville,

I am wondering whether people are planning to participate in the strike on February 17 (another looks like it’s being planned as a follow up to the Women’s March but I think it’s not yet scheduled) and if they are, would they be interested in volunteer opportunities helping support groups that are being affected by the recent slew of executive orders? Such as refugees, the environment?”


About the General Strike planned for Feb. 17th:

“This grassroots movement is calling for a national general strike on February 17th, 2017 in defense of our nation’s constitution. Participants pledge to be non-violent. On the day of the strike, we will not go to work (unless absolutely necessary). We will not go to school (unless necessary). We will not spend any money (unless necessary). Instead, we will show dissent with unconstitutional governance through gatherings and activities to be organized at the local/personal level. Some communities are planning a day of service. Instead of work, strikers will dedicate their time to serving neighbors in need. Find your people. Make your plan. Spread the word…”

  • wdc

    I know of a couple women’s strikes that have been effective at their stated goal. I hope this one can be focused enough, and get enough participation to get some attention.

    • MadMax

      Hopefully they can improve upon the “all-over-the-place” fragmentation of the Women’s March message(s). I know lots of people not from the area who were watching it on TV confused it for a BLM march thanks to the speakers.

  • Iceland did it – much smaller country though
    • Ben

      That’s awesome

    • Maiden of Mount Pleasant

      I’m down. Thanks for posting this, as well as the information about the Icelandic strike. As a working mom, being “on the clock” all the time sucks. Yes, I know it’s part of being a parent and I accept it because I love my child and my husband. However, to say a double standard doesn’t exist between women and men, mothers and fathers with regards to housework, child care, etc. is just plain ignorant. The “second shift” is real.

  • Poland Too

    Polish women did this recently as well

    Polish Women Hold ‘Black Monday’ Strike To Protest Proposed Abortion Ban – NPR
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/04/496526099/polish-women-hold-black-monday-strike-to-protest-proposed-abortion-ban

    • Ross

      But because they were Polish, every single one of them stayed home on the wrong day. I kid! I kid!

  • Thomas Hooker

    Where was this enthusiasm a 3 months ago?

    • Anon

      If only we listened to you three months ago, then everything would surely be different.

    • CHGal

      It was 68,000,000 strong.

  • E,

    Are there really no events planned in DC or did the website author forget to add DC? This is an honest question. The first action of ten in 100 days on the Womens March site looked pretty woeful when a DC zipcode was entered.

    • Anonymous Fed

      It’s very focused on “contact Congress,” which good, but somewhat useless in DC.

  • Anonymous Fed

    As I understand it, one thing that can get federal employees fired immediately is striking. I could take vacation or be sick. Does that miss the point?

    And the only person this will seriously inconvenience is me. It’s not close enough to any of my deadlines that it means anything but me skipping lunch and staying late.

    And I work at a legislative branch support agency, so giving Congress a chance to slash our budget only means less fact based analysis.

    I’m not convinced participating would actually help.

  • ST21

    This is a joke, right? “We will not go to work (Unless necessary)” “We will not go to school (unless necessary)” “We will not spend any money! (unless necessary)”… C’mon man. Aren’t those things uhh necessary?

    • exiledinarlington

      possibly a way to increase a sense of participation? If you include those caveats, then you can claim that women who went to work or school or spent money were still supportive.

    • DCbyDay

      I thought the same thing… it really loses it’s zing when you add the “unless necessary.”

      Also a random “general strike” isn’t as effective because participation isn’t necessary, and wouldn’t necessarily add pressure in any one area… whereas something like a teachers’ strike (which tbh is probably coming) or a bus drivers strike or the recent NYC Bodega strike has a more noticeable impact.

    • Anonymous Fed

      I think it’s more like more “don’t strike if it would compromise someone’s health and safety.” The whole staff at a nursing home can’t not show up. ERs need to be open.

      But the whole thing seems out of touch. Some countries where this has worked have a completely different culture around labor law and the social safety net.

    • BlueStreak

      No one should fail out of college for this. A surgeon should not abandon her patients. If you ran out of baby formula then you’ve got to spend money.

      These are why the “unless necessary” was added.

  • Anonamom

    There are a lot of us for whom work is always necessary. I think that actions like this are a bit myopic in forgetting about women who do not have the luxury to skip a day of work. Also, miss school? Am I the only one finding this antithetical?

    • ST21

      Could not agree more. This blows my mind to be honest.

    • +1. For those of us who work for/on behalf of the most vulnerable & marginalized in our society, it is more meaningful for me to show up to work for them.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        +2 – I work helping some very vulnerable people, and sorry, but I’m not taking one for the team on this. The concept (of striking) isn’t a bad one, and it has worked before (see: Iceland, Poland) but that was also because a) in the case of Iceland, pretty much EVERY woman went on strike and b) both strikes had a very specific stated purpose, therefore you could measure the effectiveness of such a strike.

    • I agree. Being in the work place and being very good there is important, part of that is showing up and performing.
      I think it would be more beneficial to strike against conditioned female cultural norms:
      -stop saying “sorry”
      -refuse to preform other people’s emotional labor
      -don’t fetch things for male coworkers, be the one relegated to taking the notes, etc
      -don’t allow anyone to talk over you in meetings
      -take credit or give other women credit where due, be vocal about it

      • MadMax

        +1 to all those.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        YES!

      • Anonymous

        I think if you are against conditioned female cultural norms, you should just not follow them, all day, every day.

  • Missy

    I happen to be on vacation that day so I will be a woman, not working but…no.

  • exiledinarlington

    I’m not quite sure what we’re striking for. Unconstitutional governance seems awfully vague, and may just be code for “we don’t like this president.” Which I get, and I don’t like him either. But I’d rather target my protesting and my statements against specific points and concerns, not a general “we don’t like you.”

    • NormalAmerican

      +1 hear, hear.

      Or, in the parlance of our times, “word up.”

  • MadMax

    This is so collectively vague it’s almost detrimental. How about I just donate my wages from that day to Planned Parenthood and we’ll call it a win-win.

    • DCbyDay

      MUCH BETTER IDEA. Get this going.

  • houseintherear

    If you’re able, please do it for those of us who can’t, like teachers, moms, nannies, etc.

    • exiledinarlington

      What, in your view, would be the distinction between someone who “can” strike and someone who “can’t.”

      Based on your comment (teachers, moms, nannies can’t strike), it would appear that the dividing line in whether one can strike is whether one is responsible for children or not.

      Which is concerning to me, as it plays into that whole “children are a woman’s highest calling and purpose” thing.

      I hope you understand why I (respectfully) am bothered by any implication that women working jobs that involve children have more important and significant jobs than other women. But perhaps I’m misinterpreting?

      • Anonymous Fed

        It’s not just children, it’s caring for the vulnerable. So nursing home workers and doctor. Or public safety officers. There are some jobs where not showing up just hurts the vulnerable. But it does kind of play into women as nurturers.

  • James

    I think it would make more sense to ‘strike’ from the double standards. So still go to work, but then your husband is in charge of dinner and the kids baths that night.

  • Abby

    I’m getting my wisdom teeth out the day before, so I guess I’m participating?

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