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Locals take part in 'A Day Without a Woman' nationwide protest


"A Day Without a Woman" was the first national action by organizers since the nationwide marches held the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration drew millions of women into the streets in protest misogyny, inequality and oppression.

School districts in North Carolina and Virginia have announced they will be shutting down for the day due to a potential shortage of teachers.

Lloyd said that to try and minimize the impact the school closures will have on parents, six school cafeterias will open for breakfast and lunch.

Schools in Alexandria, Va.; Chapel Hill-Carrboro, N.C.; and Prince George's County, Md., closed for the day on Wednesday because of widespread absences from staff participating in the strike.

Helen Lloyd, director of communications with Alexandria City Public Schools, spoke with FOX 5 about the decision to close schools Wednesday after hundreds of teachers requested the day off.

The organizers of the Women's March on Washington are calling for a general strike in which women take a day off for "A Day Without A Woman" boycott. Organizers called on women to take the day off to attend rallies, wear red and refrain from purchasing products and items from big box stores and shop local instead.

In a message posted on the district's website, Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley said that more than 300 staff members-an "unusually high number"-requested the day off".


For the strike, organizers are urging US women to take the day off work if they can.

"We can not transport students and provide safe, productive learning environments without adequate staff", said the district statement.

Organizers for A Day Without a Woman say they stand in solidarity with those participating in the International Women's Strike, but the US based protest was inspired by recent immigrant strikes, including A Day Without Immigrants.

Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday and asked followers to join him in "honoring the critical role of women" in the USA and around the world. "We still have important work to do so we didn't want to take the whole day off and strike, but we thought going missing for 15 minutes and having the board show us as excused was an important way to do that", said Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster. "We apologize for this unforeseen burden on parents and thank you for your patience and understanding".

Numerous march participants also took part in the Women's March on Washington Jan. 21.

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. "We need to continue the investment in policies that can close the wage gap, especially for women of color, such as access to good jobs, child care, and paid leave, along with reduced discrimination".

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