March 8 was International Women’s Day (IWD). According to the IWD website, it “is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”
Though IWD is internationally observed, different countries observe it differently. The governments of Iceland and Egypt promised more rights to women, while Russia, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia had public celebrations to honor women. An Indian airline made the first flight around the world whose crew was entirely female. Leaders in Russia and India publicly commended women.
In France, Argentina, South Korea, and the United States, however, women marched and protested for industrial, legal, and social equality.
The organizers of the Women’s March in January created another demonstration called A Day Without A Woman. They urged people to “act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people”. They suggested that “Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses). Wear red in solidarity”.
Protesting women gathered in front of Trump buildings to protest his Presidency; major cities saw protests with participators numbering in the hundreds.
Attempting to mitigate the American protestors’ anger, President Donald Trump tweeted on March 8, “I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.” He also wrote, “On International Women’s Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.”
Tweeters, however, have objected to his messages. They cite his predominately-male supporters, cruel immigration policies, patriarchal TrumpCare, and alleged record of sexual abuse as evidence of hypocrisy.
Furthermore, Melania Trump hosted a luncheon at the White House on March 8 in which she spoke about equality and the importance of education. Despite the international call to wear red, however, Trump wore a black dress.
Many Americans now doubt the Trumps’ support of women. Trump supporters, however, point out that participation rates of A Day Without A Woman were far less than they were for the Women’s March of January 21. They claim that more of the public is accepting Trump’s competence. Defendants of the protests claim that the tallies are inaccurate because many women chose to stay home and obtain from spending money but did not attend the physical protest.