On social media Monday, the Women’s March posted a graphic teasing the up-coming strike, “A Day Without A Woman,” Breitbart reports . “A day without a woman. Date To Be Announced,” the post read. “The will of the people will stand.”
Organizers have not announced a date or details about the strike yet, the Huffington Post reports . But one thing seems certain: Only women who support abortion will be welcome.
The national march drew a lot of media attention in January after it initially welcomed and then kicked out several pro-life groups as partners. Initially, the march claimed to welcome “people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds … to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.”
Many of the marchers stood for women’s rights and in opposition to some of the sexist remarks made by Donald Trump in the past. However, the march took a decidedly pro-abortion turn after abortion activists learned that three pro-life groups were listed as partners. Abortion activists made a huge fuss on social media, and the march organizers quickly caved to the pressure and kicked out the pro- life groups from its partner list. Historical researchers say Susan B. Anthony and the first wave feminists likely would not have supported a pro-abortion event like the Women’s March, even though they would have agreed with some of the other platforms of the march. Carol Crossed and Eric Anthony, leaders at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, wrote about the march in January:
The unifying theme of Susan Brownell Anthony’s life was to speak up for those without a voice. Anthony fought for temperance, the abolition of slavery and especially the enfranchisement of women. She also spoke up for the voiceless child in utero, opposing Restellism, the term that Anthony’s newspaper and others at that time used for abortion. It’s easy to chalk up Anthony’s (and other early feminists’) opposition to abortion as a relic of their day and age. But these women were progressive and independent; they did not oppose abortion because they were conditioned to, but because they believed every human life has inherent and equal value, no matter their age, skin color or sex.
Though disinvited, several pro-life groups did attend the Jan. 21 march anyway to be voices for all women, including those in the womb.