Closed schools on 'Day Without a Woman' leave some parents scrambling

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Some students of parents at Patrick Henry Elementary School said they were surprised by the school's decision and are seeking to make alternative arrangements.

- Public schools in Alexandria will close Wednesday after more than 300 teachers and staff filed for leave in observance of International Women's Day.

At least one other school system, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, has also canceled classes for the day, also because a "significant" number of teachers who planned to be absent.

Democratic congresswomen are staging a walkout Wednesday in support of "A Day Without a Woman".

Meanwhile, rallies and protests will take place from coast-to-coast, with especially large demonstrations planned in Washington, D.C.

Denver Cat Company owner Sana Hamelin was at Colorado's state Capitol for the Mile High City's Women's Day rally.

Crawley said the decision to cancel classes Wednesday was "based exclusively on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms", and does not signal political support for the protest.

Cassady Fendlay, a Women's March spokesperson, said the one-day strike was meant to be one "where women feel empowered to take a stance on their value in the workplace and the world beyond".

Following the momentum of the Women's Marches held the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration, collaborators designated March 8 as a "Day Without Women," in which women were asked to temporarily strike from working or shopping to emphasize the role that they play in their economies.

Several members of Rochester NOW - the National Organization for Women, gathered at Premier Pastry on South Avenue, which is co-owned by a woman. Women across the country are being encouraged to skip work and not shop on Wednesday.

Catherine Bergstrom skipped work and kept her 5th-grade son home from school Wednesday, and she says she's teaching him about civic responsibility.

Women said that they are here to stand up for other women. "Thank you. (From a parent who is facing said inconvenience!)" said a parent on the Facebook page of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina, which announced the closure March 2. "We need to continue the investment in policies that can close the wage gap, especially for women of color, such as access to good jobs, child care, and paid leave, along with reduced discrimination".