This is why International Women's Day & the Women's Strike is Important

March 8, 2017

Today Jenn shared a touching video that showcased the importance of women in the workplace & society in honor of International Women's Day & the Women's Strike: A Day Without Women.

We received a phone call from “Marietta Mike” who was prompted to call our show after hearing Jenn talk about International Women’s Day and the Women’s Strike: A Day With Out Women. Mike insisted women needed to “get over it” and if we wanted to prove ourselves worthy of equal pay we needed to, “stop complaining, bust our ass, and prove ourselves.” I sat next to Jenn, who is the hardest working and most generous woman I’ve met, and Jeannine, who has busted her ass to prove herself invaluable to our company, and I couldn’t help but feel so much anger towards Mike.

I went from being angry to feeling frustrated as Mike mentioned his own daughter and seemingly disregarded the challenges she could, and will, face in her future. My anger and frustration turned to confusion and concern as women started calling in and agreeing with Mike. I wondered, has Mike or have the women calling ever felt oppressed? Did they forget the women who stood up for our equal rights to vote, to work, to have an identity outside of being a mother or wife, for legal birth control, health care rights, and equal education?

You don’t have to be a feminist to understand history and you don’t have to agree with everything the Women’s Strike stands for, but you can’t disregard the journey women have been on for centuries to be equal to our male counterparts and the fact is: we are still not equal. It’s not easy to admit because once you realize you are still being oppressed you also realize the feeling of being equal has been an illusion.

As a woman, I’m grateful for the women who fought for my rights in the past, I’m thankful for the women I march next to today, and I appreciate the men and women who flooded our phone lines to drown out the Mike's of today's society. 

-Kelly Cheese