After millions showed up for women on January 21, the organizers of the Women’s March are following up with a similar act of economic solidarity: A Day Without a Woman. It falls on March 8, International Women’s Day, a day that historically sees women advocating for their due equal rights politically and socio-economically.
For A Day Without a Woman—and let’s be clear, that includes transwomen, queer women, and gender nonconforming folks—those who can will take a day off from paid and unpaid work, avoid spending money (more on that), and be clad in red.
In January, you saw a sea of pink, cat-eared knit hats—the pussy hat if you recall. And again color will be woven into the day’s strike. This time red is the bolder, more saturated visual tally of solidarity “signifying revolutionary love and sacrifice,” says the Women’s March website, explaining that the color of choice represents energy and action, and is associated with the labor movement.
If you’ll be seen today, be seen in red. If you’ll be shopping today, shop at womxn- and minority-owned businesses. While hardly an exhaustive list, here are a few places to support as a start...
Making underwear for women regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum.
Tuesday Scarves, International District
Hand-dyed raw silk scarves and kimonos.
Momo, International District
Japanese textiles, locally made jewelry, paper goods, and more.
SugarPill Apothecary, Capitol Hill
Everything from organic chocolate to jars of local honey to skin care.
Drizzle and Shine, Capitol Hill
Self-described eco-boutique brimming with vegan clothing and accessories.
Babeland, Capitol Hill
The 23-year-old institution of sex positivity for all.
Squirrel Chops, Central District
Shirley Henderson runs the cafe end, while her partner Sharon Blyth-Moss, styles hair in her adjoined salon.
Clementines, Pioneer Square
Owner Linda Walsh always stocks locally and women-designed apparel.
Kanjin Yoga, Rainier Valley
Pro-tip: After all that striking, do yoga as self-care.
Baby and Company, Belltown
This atelier of designer clothing will also have small bites, drinks, and pre-stamped postcards to send to your elected officials.
Lika Love, West Seattle
A portion of our proceeds from in store and online sales will be donated to Northwest Hope and Healing.
This article has been updated to include additional women-owned businesses actively participating in A Day Without a Woman.