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Mar 09, 2017 10:32 AM EST

College Students Participate In A Day Without A Woman

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Thousands of college students participated in A Day Without a Woman Strike which was held yesterday, March 8. The said event was organized by the group behind the successful Women's March.

The strike correspond with the celebration of International Women's Day, which called for women to do any of the following to show participation including taking a day off work, avoid shopping or spending or to wear something red in solidarity, College USA Today reported. While the college students could not call off work, they were instead encouraged to take a class off.

In TeenVogue, young women explained their own reasons why they chose to join. One student, Maya Brown-Edwards of Lincoln University of Missouri shared that she appreciates the contributions that women made in the society, which is why she proudly wore red on March 8 strike and also took a stand that she will not shop on the same day.

According to Madison Thomas, the National Coordinator for College Engagement for the Women's March, students from a total of 275 colleges have joined for the #DayWithoutAWoman, and that tens of thousands have participated in some way.

Many students have wished to join but could not make it due to midterms this week but they have planned to celebrate in their own way like wearing red, educating their peers and attending the protests.

The march, according to the organizers, ultimately aims to recognize the value that women of all backgrounds add to the nation's socio-economic system, despite receiving lower salaries or wages, experiencing inequalities in the society, being vulnerable to discrimination, sexual harassment and job insecurity.

They also added that that recognize that trans and gender conforming people have faced high levels of discrimination, political targeting and social oppression and that they believe in gender justice.

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