Rally for women held in downtown Greenfield

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Some communities are already seeing the impact of "A Day Without a Woman", a strike planned for Wednesday meant to underscore women's contributions to the economy and society.

The impact on schools "will.remind the public how essential women are to education", wrote HuffPo reporters Laura Bassett and Catherine Pearson, who noted: "More than three-quarters of kindergarten through high school teachers in the United States are women". According to an NCES report, in 2011-12 school year 76 percent of public school teachers and slightly more than half of principals were women.

"Women, I feel very strongly - they either have to reconnect and take charge of their civil rights, like all minorities do, or we're going to have archaic laws put upon us", Miller said.

Anyone can participate in the strike Wednesday, March 8, by either taking the day off work, avoiding shopping for the day (except to support women- or minority-owned small businesses) or by wearing red in solidarity with the strike.

Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, said, "We recognize that there are many women who can not afford to strike today, so that's one of the reasons we chose to do this".

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.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel noted that the women participating in today's demonstrations do not represent the views of all women.

Coleman said that there's a lot more work ahead to make sure women of color have an equal "seat at the table".

"Historically, International Women's Day was one of reflection, but we wanted to use the momentum from the march for action", said Tabitha St. Bernard, a Brooklyn-based fashion activist and one of several Black women who helped stage the historic march.

Across the USA, more than three-quarters of teachers are women.

Last week, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district in North Carolina also said that it was canceling classes on March 8, given the high number of projected absences and concerns about having enough staff to safely run the schools. The district's principals surveyed their staff to find out how many planned to join the strike, and when the results came back, "the number was significant". "Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools values and supports its female employees", the district said in a statement.

It's not just schools that might shutter on Wednesday.

But some women say they are negatively effected by the protest.