Internatonal Women's Day

International Women’s Day is March 8th and there is a call for a nationwide “Day Without Women” strike. We discussed how to participate given that the loss of the day’s sales would have a significant impact on Babeland. We’re not the only place faced with this dilemma. You may have read about how some other small women owned businesses are choosing to participate in this day. And you may have seen calls, including from the strike organizers, for folks to go and support small and women owned businesses on that day.

Here's what the women's march/international womens day site says:

Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:
1.     Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
2.     Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
3.     Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

4.     We ask that our male allies lean into care giving on March 8th, and use the day to call out decision-makers at the workplace and in the government to extend equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women.
 
Although we can’t afford to close, we do want to participate in some way. What Babeland is planning to do is set up postcard writing stations in our stores so customers can write to people expressing their views. If that action is popular with customers, it is something we can do on other days/ when other issues are in particular focus. Online you can send letters or donate money to support women's causes.
 
We are encouraged by the amount of worldwide resistance to the current administration’s policies and are looking at different ways Babeland can express our position going forward.

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