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.” (https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday)
The Women’s March group advocates participation in three ways:
- Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor
- Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses*).
- 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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- If you must shop on March 8, support our local woman-owned businesses!
- 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
Bistro on Main
Blue Phoenix Cafe
Blue RIdge Essentials
Blue Sky Cafe
Books & Co, Toys Too
Cheese To You
Cobblestone Shoe & Leather
Design by Donelle
Earth, Fire & Spirit Pottery
Heidi Schweizer Architect
Hess & Co Jewelers
James River Realty
Ladles & Linens
Lexington Carriage Co
Lexington Coffee Roasters
Lexington Pet Place
New Opticians Boutique
Old Lex Mercantile
Sweet Things Ice Cream
Virginia Born & Bred
Wolf & Co
Yesterday Once More
Post by 50 Ways-Rockbridge member Julie Knudson