Thousands of women are going on strike Wednesday to participate in the "A Day Without a Woman" protest organized by left-wing activists, but others are refusing to join a movement they believe has shown contempt for conservative Christian values and chooses as its leaders people who praise terrorists and hold anti-Semitic views.
Among the issues being promoted by A Day Without a Woman (which is being held on International Women's Day) is "solidarity with the sex workers' rights movement," abortion, "gender justice for two-spirit and gender nonconforming people" and the belief that motherhood is "the number one predictor of poverty."
Women are being asked to "refrain from paid and unpaid work," even if it involves child care or elder care, and to "refrain from shopping in stores or online," especially at retailers that sell products affiliated with the Trump brand. Women participating in the movement are being told they can, however, "shop at local small businesses and women-owned businesses," but only those that "support" the cause.
There are legitimate concerns about some of the speakers the movement has selected to lead their ongoing campaign, such as Rasmea Yousef Odeh, who confessed to participating in the 1969 terrorist bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two Hebrew University students.
Another leader in the Women's March is the group's assistant treasurer, Linda Sarsour, who is openly anti-Semitic and has publicly declared that her "mentor" is Imam Siraj Wahhaj, one of the of unindicted co-conspirators in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.
Angela Davis, who The New York Times reported in 1972 was a member of the Communist Party and owned the sawed-off shotgun that was used to murder a Marin County judge who was being held hostage, is also a leader in the Women's March.
According to the Times report from 1972:
Miss Davis attracted national attention in 1969 when she was dismissed from her teaching job at the University of California at Los Angeles after admitting membership in the Communist party.
The charges against her were lodged late in August, 1970, shortly after Jonathan Jackson, 17, smuggled guns into a Marin County courtroom in San Rafael, Calif, and armed three black convicts. They then attempted to escape by using a judge, an assistant district attorney and three women jurors as hostages.
The judge was taken hostage with a shot gun taped to his neck. He died in the getaway vans outside the civic center along with Jackson and two of the three convicts who participated in the escape. There was always a question as to how the shooting began and in evidence presented during the trial this remained a question.
Although the judge was shot in the head with a blast from the shotgun, he also suffered a chest wound from a bullet that may have been fired from outside the van. Evidence during the trial showed, however, that either could have been fatal.
Miss Davis was connected with the case when it was learned that the guns smuggled into the court were registered in her name.
On 'Most Wanted' List
Miss Davis was sought by the authorities nationwide, and she was placed on the "10 most wanted" list that is published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Organizers for A Day Without a Woman did not return requests for comment on this story, but Chelsen A. Vicari, evangelical action director for the Institute on Religion & Democracy, told The Christian Post on Tuesday that the conservative Christian women she knows don't plan to participate in A Day Without a Woman "because their perspectives on social issues are not respected or welcomed by the campaign's radical feminist organizers and their pro-abortion principles."
"As usual, the modern feminist movement undermines the source of women's worth and what it means to be a Christian," Vicari said. "We know our Creator endowed us with inherent worth and dignity. Our value isn't measured by our gender. Just like it isn't measured by our relationship status, job title, or salary. Our identity as Christian women means we are cherished and charged with a responsibility to spread Christ's message of saving grace and to act as a light in the darkness.
"My advice to Christian women on March 8: Show up to your ministries and mission fields — whether that looks like a desk job, volunteering at a local nonprofit, or discipling young children. Sure, we might be tempted to completely step away from responsibilities in our communities in hopes of some recognition. But our communities really can't afford a day without Christian women and the precious message we offer."
Among the institutions being negatively affected by the strike is public education, as school districts in Prince George's County, Maryland, Alexandria, Virginia, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, announced on Tuesday night that they will be closed Wednesday after hundreds of teachers and transportation workers all requested the day off.
"In Alexandria Public Schools in Northern Virginia, more than 300 staff members have asked for the day off, prompting district officials to take the extraordinary step of canceling class. In a note on its website, the superintendent said its 18 schools would not have enough teachers on Wednesday," The New York Times reported.
At public schools in New York City where classes aren't being canceled, female students are planning to join A Day Without a Woman by urging girls not to participate in class discussions or answer teachers' questions. Instead, they're being told they should be "seen and not heard."
A Day Without a Woman is organized by the Women's March that was held worldwide on Jan. 21 to protest the election of President Donald Trump. Billionaire George Soros, through his Open Society Foundation, gave over $249 million to "100 of the Women's March partner groups over 14 years," according to Newsbusters, a division of the conservative Media Research Center.