AUSTIN (KXAN) — Women across the country are planning to take part in a national event on Wednesday called “A Day Without a Woman.”
Women nationwide are encouraged to skip work, wear red, or shop exclusively at stores owned by other women. Organizers in Texas are encouraging people to support women-owned businesses.
- More than 200 businesses here in Texas are taking part in the movement
The event was designed to draw attention to the impact women, including transgender women, have on the economy despite earning less money and having higher rates of discrimination. According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, women make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes.
“This woman is here to say, come support your sisters. Come to an empowering space. Come here and be yourself, come here and discover something about yourself or your lives or come here and discover literature that can help all the other people in your life. Lets have more equality and let’s support each other,” said Susan Post, owner of Bookworm.
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, women have been marching across the country for the Women’s March on Washington. The march in Austin was one of over 670 sister marches across the world. Event organizers say more than 50,000 people were in attendance, almost double the amount expected.