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International Women’s Day 2017: protests, activism and a strike – live
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International Women’s Day 2017: protests, activism and a strike – live

by firstsource newsMarch 8, 2017

Live global coverage of International Women’s Day 2017 as events take place around the world to mark the ongoing fight for equality

6.57pm GMT

First Lady Melania Trump celebrated International Women’s Day with salsify and spinach gnocchi at a private luncheon at the White House.

Menu at First Lady’s WH luncheon marking Intl Women’s Day.. (TV Pool photo by @betsy_klein) pic.twitter.com/QYMsuq9l43

6.47pm GMT

Related: Why not all women can strike on International Women’s Day

Mona Chalabi writes for the Guardian that not all women can strike today – some, because they lack the power, and some, because the work can’t happen without them:

International Women’s Day has always been tied to labor rights (first by the Socialist Party of America in 1908, and later by female textile workers in Russia in 1917). But that hasn’t meant that every woman in the workforce has been able to take part. Then and now, women have worked in jobs where striking just isn’t an option.

There are various reasons for that. In the US, women are more likely than men to work in part-time employment where workers are often considered more “disposable”. They are also less likely than men to receive a pension, more likely than men to live in poverty and more likely to be paid hourly rates that are belowminimum wage. That makes striking risky, and this is before you even get to the astounding amount of unpaid work women do, including caregiver roles where taking a day off can be a matter of life and death.

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