LOOK: Women encircled the Capitol for A Day Without Women
As many as 500 people, mostly ladies, gathered at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon to celebrate International Women’s Day, which this year has also been dubbed the “day without a woman.”
As many as 500 people, mostly ladies, gathered at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon to celebrate International Women’s Day, which this year has also been dubbed A Day Without Women.
Like the Day Without Immigrants last month, many women sought to show their roles in society through their absence. Instead of going about their normal days, they gathered for a silent march downtown.
The silent nature of the march, organizer Dana Miller told the crowd, was derived from DU professor Erica Chenoweth‘s research on the power of nonviolent direct action.
“Silent vigils are really important when something major has happened in a country, when there’s been a huge crisis of sorts,” Miller said, citing Chenoweth’s work. “This is our opportunity to go from our brain and come down into our hearts.”
The crowd left the Capitol steps to quietly march around the block. There were so many people that the crowd was still beginning the route when the procession leaders made it back to the steps. They circled the building several times before disbanding.
Organizer Helen Shreves said they’ll do this every Wednesday until they see that “their democracy” is not “going away,” regardless of how many people continue to turn out.