Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Alexandria, Virginia, public schools closing for 'A Day Without a Woman'

Women across Italy won't be working this Wednesday- here's why So Many Teachers Requested Off On 'Day Without A Woman' That Alexandria Schools Will Close
Craig Ferguson | 10 March, 2017, 00:50

"We apologize for this unforeseen burden on parents and thank you for your patience and understanding", said Superintendent Alvin Crawley.

The 2017 version of the event was put on by the same organizers who orchestrated the Women's March, a demonstration that inspired millions of people to hit the streets in cities worldwide in January to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Schools may feel some of the biggest effects.

What is the International Women's Strike?

While major teachers unions like the American Federation of Teachers are not urging teachers to strike that day, the unions are planning to show solidarity at rallies before and after the school day.

The Alexandria, Va. school system announced Monday that schools in the Washington, D.C. suburb will be closed on Wednesday because more than 300 staff members had requested the day off.

Dozens of schools are closing, rallies are planned, and women everywhere will take action on Wednesday in observance of International Women's Day and in defiance of a patriarchal society that's been emboldened, at least in the United States, by the right-wing Trump administration. "We've never had circumstances like this before".

School leaders in Chapel Hill, NC came to the same decision when administrators asked principals to gauge the number of call-offs the district should expect for Wednesday.

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On Monday, school officials in Alexandria, Va.; North Carolina's Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District and NY announced they are canceling classes in anticipation of staff shortages due to the event. According to an NCES report, in 2011-12 school year 76 percent of public school teachers and slightly more than half of principals were women.

- They stood together in solidarity. "Most of the nurturing and early education is done by women. There'd be no preschools without women".

According to their Facebook post advertising the event, the movement was created to "celebrate and support women who are working to make themselves and/or our world a better place".

Some students of parents at Patrick Henry Elementary School said they were surprised by the school's decision and are seeking to make alternative arrangements. "I'm talking about abortion rights".

"I'm here to support my wife, my daughters and my granddaughters".

Others are using the national spotlight to bring attention to local issues.

Across the U.S., more than three-quarters of teachers are women.

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