She said that she believes women's rights are under attack and organizers of the rally in Downtown said this is the primary reason why they are protesting.
Prior to the strike, organizers spoke about the need for women to unite in solidarity.
While women in the USA have collectively made great strides, the undervaluation of women's work, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, job insecurity, equal pay, and family leave remain pressing issues.
Coleman said that there's a lot more work ahead to make sure women of color have an equal "seat at the table".
Organizers encouraged women to wear red if they were not able to participate in protests. "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. "I also wanted to make a statement to say that women are doing it for themselves".
Parents voiced their frustrations for the closings on the school district's Facebook page.
If you're in the city, take some time to dine and drink in support of women. "The decision is based exclusively on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction", district officials said in the statement. "We are resisting President Trump and congressional Republicans in letting them know that we will not go back". "Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools values and supports its female employees", the district said in a statement.
The protests are modeled after similar rallies, including last month's "A Day Without Immigrants" protests, which caused some businesses across the nation to close.
The effort is part of the larger "Day Without a Woman" strike, in which women around the country are staying home from work and avoiding shopping, to highlight the importance of women in the USA economy.
Women said that they are here to stand up for other women.
"When you are a single mother trying to take care of your family, taking a day off decides whether or not your kids eat", Johnson said.