Today is not only International Women’s Day — it’s also been named A Day Without Women, when women are being asked to strike from both their jobs and personal work to send a message about what we do every day. While we celebrate the bold women making a difference in our world, we’re also standing in solidarity with those who cannot act on their own by supporting the general strike. And we’re not alone. A number of school districts across the country have been forced to shutter due to the strike, which just goes to show exactly how important women are in the education of our nation.


Two school boards have been forced to close today, including one in Virginia and one in North Carolina. Brooklyn’s Maple School has closed, as well as the New York City New School University, although they have said it is out of solidarity, while the two above boards have had to close due to most of the staff taking today off to participate in the general strike.

This is important.

With these school boards closing, we can see the direct effect that women have in the field of education. We rely on teachers not just to educate, but to help our communities flourish. The closing of the New School shows that beyond childhood education, higher learning is important to the future as well.

While many have not been able to take the day off or participate in the strike, we can see these school boards closures as a clear message of how important women’s work is in the world today. In an announcement, Maple Street School said, “At Maple Street we have taught our kids, your kids, to have a voice, to use their words kindly but firmly, to always have a plan and think about the how and the why.”

Now’s our time to think about the why too.

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