International Women’s Day is today, March 8. To honor the day, women across the world are striking in solidarity with the Day Without A Women protest. It urges "equity, justice, and the human rights of women and all gender-oppressed people," as positioned by the group Women's March on Washington. Participants are encouraged to take the day off of work, refrain from shopping (unless it's from small-/women-/minority-owned businesses), and wear red.
Many women-led restaurants across the country are shuttering in unity, donating proceeds, and more, in cities including Boston, D.C., and Detroit. Austin restaurants are participating through hosting events.
This demonstration takes place weeks after the A Day Without Immigrants strike in February, where restaurants, food trucks, and bars either shut down intentionally or were forced to close down for the day due to staff shortages.
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- Cheer Up Charlies (co-owned by Tamara Hoover and Maggie Lea) is hosting March On! Texas' A Day About Women event, highlighting the city's women-owned businesses with food drink, music, and shopping from 4 to 8:30 p.m.
- Backbeat (co-owned by Jessica Sanders) is celebrating women with the Ladies First happy hour, with cocktails and flower crowns. Guests can also take advantage of the free postcards to send notes of admiration to women, organizations, or just send notes to representatives advocating for women's rights. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
- Sister Coffee (owned by Jenny Mulder) is donating 10 percent of all sales of ceramics from female artists to Planned Parenthood.
Bribery owner Jodi Elliott shared a message of support on Instagram:
Happy Women's Day!!! Both locations are open until 6pm today. We are woman owned and operated - we are all strong, talented and supportive ladies that love what we do and are grateful to share our creations daily. We know that because of the women before us who paved the way - WE have a voice and a choice in how we live our lives and impact those around us. Love and acceptance is vital and we hope that by offering up our delicious treats today, you will support us and all women owned and small businesses today and most days! #girlsrule #womensday2017 #YAYladies #grateful #girlssupportgirls