Women across the nation are being encouraged to skip work, school and shopping on International Women’s Day to show the contributions of women in society.
Organizers of “A Day Without a Woman” are encouraging women to show just how critical a role women play in society. In some cities, schools are closed because of the effort.
Wearing red today is an indicator that a person supports the movement, and some local businesses are rewarding it.
In Boston, participants are planning events and rallies for the effort. Hundreds of people turned out for a afternoon rally at Downtown Crossing organized by numerous community groups, one of which was highlighting equal pay for women.
"It's not just about the pay, it's also about our rights. It's also about receiving the same respect as men do," one woman said.
Some Boston participants chose to patronize female run businesses.
Boston’s Finagle a Bagel, a woman-owned business, gave out free bagels with cream cheese to anyone wearing red until 10:30am, or until supplies lasted in their stores.
A group of mothers wanted to participate, but couldn't go on strike, so they marched along Jamaica Pond instead.