The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are at it again, this time planning a general strike called a Day Without a Woman. On March 8, International Women’s Day, these progressive feminists are encouraging women everywhere to take the day off from work (paid or unpaid), refrain from spending money, and wear red (how festive!). They even published a sample letter that women can give to their employers announcing why they are shirking their responsibilities and taking the day off.
What these narrow-minded, politically-motivated women fail to acknowledge is that this day, this “call to action,” wreaks of privilege (one of their favorite hated words). Only the most privileged women can afford to take the day off, forgo wages, and put their job security in a potentially precarious position. More insulting is the fact that these women are encouraging other adult women to act like petulant children, to shirk their responsibilities regardless of the cost.
So for all the women who, like me, plan to work on a #DayWithoutAWoman, here’s a sample letter you can distribute on March 8:
Dear everyone who depends on me,
I want to let you know that I won’t let you down. Not today, as other women take the day off to participate in silly, meaningless demonstrations. Not tomorrow. Not ever. Because I am a woman who was raised with certain values. I am a woman who was raised to appreciate hard work, whether that is at my place of employment, at my home, in my marriage, in my friendships, or for my children.
I am a woman who was raised to take responsibility for my actions, and I know abandoning my work today wouldn’t be the responsible thing to do for myself or anyone else. I am a woman who was raised to appreciate and be thankful for what I have—whether that’s a job that allows me to put food on the table, a husband who provides for our family, or hyper-active little children who look to me for guidance. Not showing up today would mean taking all that I have for granted and insulting all the people who have helped me get to where I am.
I want you to know that I won’t let you down because I do important work. I won’t let you down because I am your child’s teacher, and I know your child needs me in school today because a good education is any child’s best chance at success, regardless of his or her circumstances. I won’t let you down because I am your doctor, and though some women chose to take today off, you didn’t choose to suffer a life-threatening medical emergency today. I won’t let you down because I am the minimum wage clerk at your local drugstore, and I was trusted to work diligently at my job.
I won’t let you down because I am your wife and your partner, and we don’t get to take a day off from our marriage. I won’t let you down because I am your friend, and you might need to lean on me today for something. I won’t let you down because I am your mother, and you need me to feed you, clothe you, love you, and keep you safe.
Being a woman is hard work. No woman will deny that. All women are working women, and we all have important, varied roles to play. The world would notice if I chose not to go to work today, and it would be worse off as a result. And that’s exactly why I’m choosing to show up instead.