2017-03-08 02:58:04 UTC
From the organizers of the Womens March, a global demonstrationthat flooded streets with pink-hat-wearing women after Donald
Trump's inauguration, comes A Day Without a Woman a strike,
set for Wednesday, that asks women to skip work. The goal is to
show the world what life would be like without them. But many
poor women would have to sacrifice pay to participate, while
wealthier ones probably wouldnt lose a penny.
Thats because most low-income earners lack access to a single
day of paid leave, even if the flu strikes or a baby arrives.
Well-paid employees, meanwhile, tend to have the most generous
benefits, including paid sick days and family leave.
The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals
sharp disparities along income lines. Among the countrys bottom
10 percent of earners, for example, just 28 percent can take a
day off without any income interruption. Forty percent in the
lowest quarter have that luxury. A whopping 90 percent of the
top 10 percent of earners, however, can miss a shift and still
Rosie Molina, who works at a District restaurant for $7.50 an
hour, woke early to march on the Mall in January. Then she
rushed downtown for an afternoon shift. Molina was proud to have
briefly joined the movement her cause is immigrant rights
but she cannot afford to take part in Wednesday's strike, which
would cost her about $60. That's two weeks of groceries.
Im a single mother, Molina said. I dont have the luxury.
The last time I took a day off, my paycheck was very low.
Taria Vines, 44, who makes about $350 each week as a caterer in
the Bronx, decided to take the day off to march Wednesday in the
nation's capital with some friends. Vines figures shell lose a
chunk of pay probably enough to cover her cellphone bill but
she still wanted to take a stand against sexual harassment and
Its costing me money to do this, she said, but if I dont
fight for whats right for me, who will?
Nobody asked you sluts to get knocked up.