Today is International Women’s Day and thousands of women across the globe are expressing their rights to protest and stand in solidarity with each other in a variety of ways. One of the most publicized methods is “A Day Without A Woman,” a movement where women are calling off of work and only supporting women-owned businesses to remind the world just how large of a presence they have.
The effects of the protest are being felt everywhere, including businesses and media outlets. The impact is actually so significant that some schools have been forced to close as not enough employees would have been present for a regular school day to be held.
A prime example of the school closure is Prince George’s County, Maryland, where Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell released the following statement from Fox5:
Throughout Prince George’s County Public Schools, a high number of school-based and support staff have requested leave for Wednesday, March 8. As of 5:30 p.m., approximately 1,700 teachers and 30 percent of transportation staff have requested leave. We cannot transport students and provide safe, productive learning environments without adequate staff. As a result, schools will be closed tomorrow for students. We apologize for the inconvenience this will surely cause to many families.
All employees will be expected to report for work or follow the normal procedures for leave requests.
Based on our policies, PGCPS and the Prince George’s County Board of Education have no political stance on “A Day Without a Woman.” Schools will open Thursday, March 9 on a normal schedule.
According to CNN, some critics of the movement complain that the school closures were too sudden and forced parents to scramble to find child care. However, the point of the protest was to show people exactly how inconvenient the world would be without the work that women contribute to society.