The evolution of Women’s History Day is one as storied as the see-sawed evolution and devolution of Women’s Rights themselves. Beginning in 1911, March 8th was declared a day to celebrate women across history and their accomplishments. Our accomplishments have since evolved, our voices have since grown stronger. And while we still spend this day honoring the women who have triumphantly blazed through matters of gender-based, and for some a dual layer of race-based oppression, this year, we are approaching it a little differently. We are wearing red and going dark in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.
Every day on the Okayplayer platform, we serve as the conduit for artists who tell their stories through music, many of these artists are women who shape genres (and sometimes shape men.) They defy the laws of sound with their voices and defy the odds of time by managing to be everything to fans of the art, primary caretakers of families, business women and beyond. We are home to many women writers, who whip pens as swords and bring you truths from their lens as it relates to music, movies, and sometimes politics. We are a community that understands the power of women.
As the political landscape has begun to rapidly shift under our new administration, we understand our responsibility as a platform to resist the normalization of bigotry, discrimination, and gender inequality. We cannot simply “report on music” and “keep it moving.” Our readers deserve to be informed about the issues that affect them, the artists, the art, their world, OUR world.
Today, we are marking International Women’s day with all of the above in mind. We have switched all our social platforms to red in solidarity with A Day Without Woman and at 3 p.m. EST, we will go completely dark on all platforms. No stories, no tweets, nothing. We will resume publishing at 5 p.m. EST. A Day Without A Woman is a day without Okayplayer.
In the words of Michelle Obama, “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.”
We plan to value ours.
Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following 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
Learn more about A Day Without A Woman and how you can be involved here.
Rachel Hislop is a native New Yorker who also happens to be the Editor-in-Chief of Okayplayer and OkayAfrica.