Last week, it was extremely difficult to find anyone in Cedar Park or Leander who was participating in the A Day Without a Woman strike. In fact, there were several locals who had no idea what the movement was at all.
For those who don’t know, last Wednesday was International Women’s Day. Women across the U.S. decided to use this day to strike in a walkout called “A Day Without a Woman.” The protest, organized by Women’s March on Washington, was meant to show what the American economy would look like without female labor or consumers, and to push for gender equality in the workplace. Those who could not take the day off were encouraged to wear red and avoid spending money (unless on small, women- and minority-owned businesses.)
We found only a few people who openly admitted they would be partaking in the strike. The women who admitted to it would not go on the record for the following reasons:
- They didn’t want their employers to know they were striking in fear of losing their jobs.
- They had family members who expressed that the whole movement was stupid or useless.
- They were afraid coworkers or friends would judge them as whiny and ungrateful.
Now the question is, what is the point in standing up for something if you can’t stand up to the people who are part of the problem? Does it really make a difference? One of the most challenging aspects of making a change is that you have to face those that don’t want a change to be made at all. It isn’t supposed to be easy. Without conflict, women would not have the right to vote, slavery would still be in place and same-sex marriages would not be recognized. Without conflict, there is no progress.