TOMORROW is the International Women's Strike: A Day Without A Woman.
When weighing whether or not to take off work tomorrow, consider this: a year from now, your income will probably not feel the difference of one day off work, your clients or students will not remember your absence for one day, but the world may have a better understanding of a woman's worth, only if we all do our personal best to band together for just one day. (Read the inspiring story about the women of Iceland who really pulled it off.) Just remember, it will not be practical to take the day off, but every day people take off work and call in "sick" for much lesser reasons. And to those of you who are family care-givers: you TOTALLY deserve a day off! Skip the housework, the cooking, cleaning, and laundry for today, and try to find a good man to cover you -- even if just for a few hours. Of course there are those among us who simply cannot take off work, but don't beat yourself up; there are plenty of other ways to support the effort. Click the banner image at the top of this email for more info.
Seed of Inspiration
Each Tuesday, will be "Talent Tuesday," where we will feature the talents of female artists speaking truth to power.
In January 2017 the Amplifier Foundation put out a nationwide public call for art to support the Women’s March on Washington. Eight days and over 5,000 submissions later the panel of judges along with the leadership of the WMW had the difficult task of narrowing the group down to five final poster graphics. The five were printed and distributed by Amplifier, then carried by tens of thousands at the historic Washington March and in cities around the world as the digital downloads spread online. Many of us saw the beautiful poster portraits of women, the most famous of them being "Greater than Fear, by Shepard Fairy, featuring a Muslim woman wearing an American flag hijab. Today we bring you several submissions by women you may not have seen. You can scroll through some of the images below or see and download the full collection on the Amplifier Foundation's site by clicking here. You may want to print some up if you are participating in any of the demonstrations tomorrow for A Day Without A Woman!
Seed of Action
After 6:30 PM today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017 (H.R. 1174). This Bill, sponsored by minority congresswoman Eleanor Norton of Washington D.C., would provide lactation rooms in public buildings for breastfeeding mothers. Right now, the chances of this bill passing may not be high, but our voices and our awareness-raising can plant seeds of change for breastfeeding mothers and infants. Inform yourself about H.R. 1174 by clicking here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1174. Then take 5 minutes to pick one or more of the actions below to support it.
- Call your House Representatives using callmycongress.com, and ask that they support H.R. 1174.
- Contact your House Representatives using the Countable app or the Countable widget on the sidebar our website.
- Donate as $2.50 to be split evenly among 4 sponsors of this bill by clicking here.
- Share the bill on Facebook by copy/pasting the govtrack link and urging others to contact their House Representatives today and ask that they support H.R. 1174.
- Tweet the following message @ your House Representatives (you can also find your representatives' twitter handles on callmycongress.com):
Support H.R. 1174: Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1174 via @[insert your representative's handle] #seedstoscatter
Meet a Marcher
Meet Rev. Jim Mitulski, a fellow marcher and a minister a proud feminist! He is an activist with a passion for racial justice and women’s reproductive rights, and had received an honorary doctorate for his work as an AIDS Liberation Theologian. Jim pastors Congregational Church of Needham, United Church of Christ, and lives in West Roxbury, Massachusetts with his two cats.
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And above all, scatter with love!