International Women's Day is March 8, and coinciding with the occasion this year is another event that's prompting some schools to close for the day. BuzzFeed reports that hundreds of teachers in North Carolina and Virginia indicated they'd be absent for Wednesday's "Day Without a Woman" protest, created to stand for the "equality, justice, and … human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people."
Superintendents in Chapel Hill and Alexandria say they were forced to close schools for safety reasons, not politics. More coverage:
- Vox offers an explainer. The US event will piggyback on the International Women's Strike, said to be planned by women in 30 different countries. Strike organizers say it's a protest againist what they call the "misogynist policies" of President Trump and also what led him to emerge: specifically, years of "economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad."
- USA Today gets more granular on how people can participate—take the day off, give female employees the day off if you own a business—as well as where rallies are taking place across the country and why red is the shade to sport.
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