Break out your vagina costumes because the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are planning another event! The group has announced a general strike, branded a “Day Without a Woman,” to take place on March 8, 2017.
The group has yet to announce what exactly this strike will look like, but if it’s anything like the “Day Without Immigrants,” women will be encouraged to skip work, refrain from spending money, participate in marches or protests, and perhaps even keep their children (Just the female children? How would this work?) home from school.
Marches, strikes, and other demonstrations tend to garner plenty of media attention and make the participants feel all warm and fuzzy in their solidarity. But what do they actually accomplish? Just imagine what good could be done if these women did something constructive with their time instead of marching, striking, making colorful signs, and dressing up as vaginas.
So, if you are actually interested in helping women—beyond making a political statement and furthering the far-left, progressive agenda—here are four things you can do to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of other women:
1. Volunteer at a Domestic Violence Shelter
Domestic violence is a devastating and dangerous situation. It affects women of all races, religions, and socioeconomic statuses. Women often need help and support when trying to escape their abusers—a dangerous and emotional time for victims—and that’s where shelters come in to play. They provide counseling, housing, and childcare, among other services, to protect women and empower them to leave their abusers. Find a shelter in your area and see how you can lend your time, talent, and treasure.
2. Mentor a Young Girl
Studies show that mentoring young people, particularly those who live in at-risk or underserved communities, goes a long way in developing their confidence, improving their educational performance, advancing their goals, and helping them avoid risky or illegal behaviors. Want to see more women go to college, hold executive roles, give back to their communities, and run for office? Then start by mentoring an at-risk young woman and encouraging her to reach her full potential from an early age. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Boys & Girls Club of America have broad networks across the country and provide mentoring programs for young boys and girls. There are also smaller organizations that focus exclusively on mentoring programs for girls and young women.
3. Learn to Defend Yourself
It’s a sad and undeniable fact that many women are the victims of rape and sexual assault. Thankfully, there are steps women can take to avoid becoming a victim. A sociologist at the University of Oregon found that women who participated in a 10-week self-defense course were “significantly less likely to experience unwanted sexual contact than those who didn’t.” Data from the National Institute of Justice show that verbal and physical self-defense techniques can help stop a rape or sexual assault from occurring. But if mastering verbal cues and karate moves doesn’t put you at ease, you can learn how to safely and effectively use a gun and obtain your concealed carry permit. Obtaining and using a firearm is not something to be taken lightly, and not everyone is comfortable handling one. But if you are, and if you are willing to put in the time necessary to become a skilled shooter, a gun really can be the great equalizer when women are faced with the threat of violence.
4. Start or Join a Policy Circle
The Policy Circle started as a small group of women who were passionate about discussing important policy issues with each other. This sparked an idea that led to a movement. Policy Circles now exist in 17 states, and they are still growing. A Policy Circle is a group of approximately 10 to 20 women living in the same community who come together about once a month to discuss policy issues and how they affect women’s families, lives, and communities. Policy briefs are provided by The Policy Circle ahead of time in order to give women background information on various topics and a basis on which to launch a discussion. Topics range from healthcare and foreign policy to education and job creation. According to the group’s website, “You don’t have to be a policy expert or politically engaged to be a part of The Policy Circle and we are not a speaker-led group. We are women who read the news and are concerned about the issues, yet sometimes feel powerless to influence policy-making. The Policy Circle’s unique approach empowers you to learn and grow through open dialogue with other women and gain the confidence to make a difference.” Visit the website to learn how you can get involved.