The International Women’s Strike, or A Day Without a Woman, emboldens women to skip work. The call is for women everywhere on Wednesday to spread awareness of issues like child care, paid family leave, and reproductive freedom, by striking.
In Boston, late-afternoon rallies are taking place in Copley Square and Downtown Crossing, and a flash mob in pink hats is roaming around Cambridge and Boston.
While its uncertain how much impact the event might have, some Boston-area businesses are supporting the cause by making donations, offering deals, wearing red, or closing.
Here are statements from several participating local businesses (this list will be updated, and you can search here for information on women-owned local businesses):
Finagle a Bagel (multiple locations)
“Small businesses — and included in those, businesses owned by women and minorities — are the lifeblood of the economy. We are proud to celebrate International Women’s Day and A Day Without a Woman to support equality for all,” said Laura Trust, owner of Finagle a Bagel, in a press release. The company plans to give a free bagel and cream cheese to anyone wearing red in support of the March for Women.
The company posted a statement expressing support for women on its website: “We apologize for any delay or disruption you might experience on Wednesday, March 8, at Eataly. From chefs to buyers to bussers, hundreds of inspirational women play key roles throughout our company. Any team member who chooses to participate in the national ‘A Day Without A Woman’ protest strike has our support.”
Honeycomb Creamery, Cambridge
Mei Mei Street Kitchen (open for lunch)
Belly Wine Bar, Cambridge
Violette Gluten Free for Everyone, Cambridge
“As a woman owned and staffed business, we will be closed on Weds, March 8th, International Women’s Day. This is in solidarity with the Woman’s March on Washington, who are asking for a day without women. We will be open Tuesday and Thursday as normal. Have a nurturing, spend-free International Women’s Day!”, the company wrote on its official website.
Other businesses expressing support on social media:
— ARM Jobs (@ARMJobs) March 8, 2017
— Exotic Flowers (@Boston_Florist) March 7, 2017
— Rockefeller Fdn (@RockefellerFdn) March 8, 2017
Microsoft New England
— Microsoft NewEngland (@MSNewEngland) March 8, 2017
Raise Up MA
— Raise Up MA (@RaiseUpMA) March 8, 2017
— Civic Boston (@civicboston) March 8, 2017