About the IWS

The International Women’s Strike is a network of cis and trans women in more than fifty different countries that emerged through planning a day of action for March 8th, 2017.

In the spirit of that renewed radicalism, solidarity and internationalism, the International Women’s Strike US continues to be a national organizing center by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards the 99% of women: working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women.

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How did it start?

 

Following the example of Icelandic women in 1975, Polish women went on a day-long strike to halt plans for criminalizing abortion and miscarriage on 3 October 2016. That planned legislation was immediately withdrawn by the government. Similar issues brought Korean women to protest several times that same month against introduction of higher penalties for doctors performing abortions. On 19 October 2016, Argentine women reacted with massive one-hour long strikes and rallies to an inhuman femicide and brutal repression of police of the Women’s National Meeting. More protests followed, leading to establishing the International Women’s Strike platform in last days of October 2016.

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THE ORGANIZERS

Members of the National Planning Committee

Amanda Armstrong currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has been involved politically in student-worker unionism, in organizing for public education, and in campaigns for all-gender bathroom access.

Cinzia Arruzza teaches philosophy at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. She writes on feminism and Marxism and is a long-time activist.

Tithi Bhattacharya is a professor of South Asian history at Purdue University.  She writes on issues of gender and is a long-time activist for Palestinian justice.

Ashley Bohrer is a queer, feminist, anti-racist activist and academic based in Syracuse, NY. She is the Senior Campaigns Organizer for the Center for Jewish Nonviolence and a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Academic Advisory Council.

Jennifer (Jenny) Boylan is based in Gainesville, FL and is an activist organizer for National Women’s Liberation (NWL). She also has a PhD in Political Science and works for the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida.

Lamis J. Deek is a Human Rights Attorney and Palestinian Activist whose work spans human rights, civil rights, criminal defense and defense against state repression, with a focus on protecting Arab, Muslim, and Palestinian communities from predatory practice and mobilizing for Palestinian liberation.

Zillah Eisenstein is a long time white anti-racist feminist theorist, activist, professor, writer, and mother of Sarah. She is the author of multiple books tracing and critiquing the white supremacist and misogynist roots/routes of neoliberal fascist democracy.

Nancy Fraser is a professor of philosophy and politics at the New School for Social Research and the author of Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis (Verso, 2013).

Kate Griffiths is a cultural Anthropologist at the CUNY Graduate Center and long time organizer in cause of workers, women and queer people.

Phoebe Jones, a Quaker and long time women’s rights and anti-racist campaigner, is coordinator of the Crossroads Women’s Center in Philadelphia and co-coordinator of Global Women’s Strike in the US.  Her work focuses on the rights of mothers and other caregivers, low income women, child welfare, the rights of prisoners. She is the co-author of The Milk of Human Kindness.

Sarah Leonard is senior editor at The Nation and editor-at-large at Dissent. She is co-editor of The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century.

Liz Mason-Deese is a member of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine and a professor of Geography at the University of Mary Washington.

Margaret Prescod co-founded International Black Women for Wages for Housework in 1975 and in 2000 a founding member of Women of Color Global Women’s Strike. An immigrant from Barbados she is a supporter of the Haitian grassroots efforts against imperialism. She hosts Pacifica Radio’s national broadcast “Sojourner Truth.”

Michelle Rodino-Colocino is associate professor of Media Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State. She is also a founder of Strike4Democracy.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books 2016) and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.

Suzanne Adely is a global labor organizer, human rights attorney & Arab community organizer, engaged in supporting anti-imperialist movements, a member of the US Palestine Community network & National Lawyers Guild International.

Erin Neff helps to coordinate the NYC Socialist Feminist Working Group for the Democratic Socialists of America. She is also a Tenant’s lawyer, representing low-Income families in Brooklyn who are at risk of eviction.

Ivy Quicho is a Filipina American social worker and works as a labor organizer in Los Angeles. She is the National Chairperson of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization dedicated to grassroots organizing against oppression in all its forms.

Barbara Ransby is an historian, writer and longtime activist. She is a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Barbara Smith is a Black feminist author and activist.  She was co-founder of the Combahee River Collective and Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press.

ENDORSEMENTS

Our list of partners is growing every day

Sex Workers Outreach Project

SF Living Wage Coalition

Showing Up for Racial Justice (MN)

Social Justice and Civil Rights Committee of the New York State Nurses Association

Socialist Action

Socialist Party USA (NYC)

Solidarity US

Spelman College Women’s Resource and Research Center

Standing Together Against Rape

Strike 4 Democracy

Student Collective of Turkey at the New School

Topanga Peace Alliance

UAW Local 2325 – Association of Legal Aid Attorneys

UAW Local 2865 – University of California Student Workers

US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

US PROS Collective

VDay 

Veterans For Peace LA

Viewpoint Magazine

Voices of Women

War Resisters League

Welfare Warriors Milwaukee

WESPAC Foundation

Western Regional Advocacy Project

WinVisible

Women and Gender Studies Program, Syracuse University

Women of Color/ Global Women’s Strike

Women Fight Back 

Women’s Therapy Centre Institute

Women United to Fight Back (Baltimore)

Individuals

Cornel West

Diana Kilmury

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Dolores Huerta

Eve Ensler

Jane Fonda

Nawal al Saadawi

Dr. Salman Abu Sitta

Winnie Wong (Co-Founder of The People for Bernie)