Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day and now it’s also “A Day Without a Woman”—a day meant to recognize “the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.” (

The Women’s March group advocates participation in three ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses*).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

The 50 Ways-Rockbridge Board recognizes that not everyone is able to take the day off, so we are encouraging participation in the following ways:

  1. We are teaming up with Project Horizon for their “A Day for Women” on Wednesday, March 8. There are multiple ways you can help:
    • 50 Ways-Rockbridge will adopt a room at Lisa’s House. If you’d like to donate for that effort, please get your donation to any 50 Ways-Rockbridge board member by Tuesday, March 7. The furniture is fine, but they need new bedspreads, linens and in some cases, artwork.
    • Supplies: Project Horizon needs Food Welcome kits for new residents. Check back on this post later for needed items.
    • Gift cards: Folks can also donate gift cards (gas or food) that will be given to residents, as needed.
    • Volunteer: Activities will be available at Lisa’s House from 9 -12 on March 8 to include: cleaning, weeding, sanitizing toys, and painting walls in children’s areas. Twenty + volunteers can help paint, pull weeds, clean, and more. If you’re interested in joining that effort, send an email to  Don’t forget to wear a red t-shirt!
    • Community lunch: Project Horizon will provide a community lunch for all volunteers, residents and staff to enjoy in Lisa’s House.
  2. If you must shop on March 8, support our local woman-owned businesses!
  3. Gather together to enjoy social time with a group of women! Being an activist can be frustrating and at times, depressing. Relax and recharge!


*Lexington businesses owned or co-owned by women:

Artists in Cahoots
Baby’s First
Bistro on Main
Blue Phoenix Cafe
Blue RIdge Essentials
Blue Sky Cafe
Books & Co, Toys Too
Cabell Gallery
Celtic Tides
Cheese To You
Cobblestone Shoe & Leather
Cocoa Mill
Design by Donelle
Earth, Fire & Spirit Pottery
Gladiola Girls
Heidi Schweizer Architect
Hess & Co Jewelers
James River Realty
Ladies’ Habit
Ladles & Linens
Lexington Carriage Co
Lexington Coffee Roasters
Lexington Pet Place
Nelson Gallery
New Opticians Boutique
Old Lex Mercantile
Red Hen
Rockbridge Music
Rockbridge Pharmacy
Salon DC
Sheer Timing
Soothing Herbals
Stitchin’ Post
Sunday’s Child
Sweet Things Ice Cream
University Cleaners
University Florist
Victorian Parlour
Virginia Born & Bred
Walkabout Outfitter
Welsh Construction
Within Reflexology
Wolf & Co
Yesterday Once More


Post by 50 Ways-Rockbridge member Julie Knudson