On Women's Day, many rally, skip work, wear red
GAINESVILLE, Fla -- Many American women observed International Women's Day by staying home from work, joining rallies or wearing red to show how vital they are to the economy.
The 'Day Without a Woman' protest in the United States was put together by organizers of the women's marches that drew more than 1 million people the day after Republican President Donald Trump was sworn in.
In Gainesville, dozens of women and men lined the corner of University Avenue and Southwest 13th Street.
"People need to know that women are powerful and deserve respect," said Drea Taylor who drove an hour from Live Oak to participate in the rally.
On this 'Day Without a Woman', women who could were called to not show up for work or spend money, unless it was a small women or minority-owned business. From Washington, D.C. to California, women came together to show their economic strength and impact.
"We actually can leave kind of a vacuum, at least for this one day," said Gainesville organizer Kendra Vincent. Vincent said she skipped work in honor of Wednesday's movement.
The dozens of women and men in Gainesville then marched from University Avenue to Gainesville City Hall where they held a candlelight vigil. Organizers called it a "solemn event" to honor important women in their lives.
In Warsaw, Poland, thousands of women taking part in International Women's Day showed the conservative government red cards and made noise with kitchenware to demand full birth control rights, respect and higher pay. In Istanbul, thousands marched despite restrictions on demonstrations imposed since last year's failed coup.
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