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'A Day Without a Woman' Means a Day Without School for Some Students

March 8, 2017

Shannon Block is skipping work on Wednesday.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., preschool teacher plans to stay home and write postcards to her elected representatives.

“For my congresswoman and senators, because they are fighting for women and women’s rights, I’m going to thank them for the work,” said Block, 26. “For others who I don’t agree with, I’m going to let them know why I’m striking.”

Thousands of women are expected to participate in “A Day Without a Woman,” a spinoff of the women’s march that drew millions of people across the country and around the world into the streets a day after President Trump’s inauguration.

Planners of the march are urging women around the world to stay home from work, avoid shopping or wear red on Wednesday — which is also International Women’s Day — to “highlight the economic power and significance” of women.

Schools may feel some of the biggest effects. Roughly three-quarters of U.S. teachers are women, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Two school districts in North Carolina and Virginia have canceled classes, telling about 27,000 students to stay home because not enough teachers and staff plan to show up for work.

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