Wednesday is International Women’s Day and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has issued a statement in full support of the ‘Day Without a Woman‘ demonstrations being called throughout the country.
“I am proud to say that the top seven people in my cabinet are all women, and they do an incredible job every day,” said Elorza, “In Providence, we deeply value the contributions that women continue to make in our city. And, given the significant role women play in our municipal workforce, constituents may experience delays in the delivery of non-emergency city services on March 8th, as a result of the ‘Day Without a Woman’ demonstration.
“Although I understand the inconvenience that this may present for constituents, this effort seeks to emphasize the significant contributions of women in our workforce by highlighting the impact of their absence. They have a right to use their personal time to protest on March 8 and we will respect those who choose to participate.”
According to the organizers, Women’s March on Washington, “Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman in one or all of the following ways:
- 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 with A Day Without A Woman
The Women’s March “stands in solidarity with the International Women’s Strike organizers, feminists of color and grassroots groups in planning global actions for equity, justice and human rights.”
Here’s some of the events scheduled for Wednesday in Rhode Island: