The “Day Without a Woman” walkout by nearly a dozen female Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday, led by Democratic Representative Lois Frankel of Florida, was “relatively modest,” according to a report from The Hill.
“Only about 10 women left the chamber together; dozens more joined them a few minutes later to address a rally on the Capitol’s east front,” it was reported.
“We stand with the millions around the nation who have walked out today. And today, we are walking out for them,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), one of the Democratic women who gave speeches praising the women’s strike before walking off the House floor in a protest of their own.
Frankel previously staged a color-coded protest during President Trump’s recent address to a joint session of Congress, directing her cohorts to wear white in honor of the women’s suffrage movement.
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Tuesday they walked out and gave speeches outside, but the crowd listening to them was sparse.
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Organizers of Wednesday’s protest directed followers to “take a day off work, wear red or spend money at only women and minority-owned businesses.” They are the same organizers behind the anti-Trump ‘Women’s March on Washington’ that drew an estimated 3 million people in cities across the U.S.
Women striking to show solidarity with the movement have managed to shut down schools for the day in Alexandria, Va., Chapel Hill-Carrboro, N.C., and Prince George’s County, Md.
“Republican women have largely dismissed Wednesday’s strike, which coincides with International Women’s Day, as counterproductive,” said the report.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel was quoted as saying, “The women striking today promote the ideals of a small subset of women in this country. While they make their TV appearances in the name of championing all women, the message rings remarkably tone deaf to the struggles of so many women across our country who do not enjoy the same privilege.”
H/T: The Hill
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