Greenville, N.C. (WNCT) – Wednesday is International Women’s Day and organizers of the women’s march are putting together events across the country.
The event is called “A Day Without Women” and, locally, it was observed in Greenville at the Nu Look Business center.
Women from across the East came out to enjoy free food and drink.
Organizers from 101.9 Kiss FM, a radio station in New Bern, coordinated the event and said it was a chance for women to enjoy each others company while embracing all the roles women play in society.
“We are mothers, we are business women, we are wives — all the different roles that we take on,” said Clarke Jones, radio host and event organizer. “So I think it’s important society knows how important we are.”
The event is similar to the ‘Day Without Immigrants’ and 9 On Your Side spoke with Jones about what repercussions may come with skipping work that was observed in the other event
“You want an employer that understands you, that you deserve certain rights, as a human being and as a woman,” she said. “You don’t want to be discriminated against. You want your basic needs. I feel anyone who fires you for sticking up for what you deserve, you wouldn’t want to work for them. I personally wouldn’t want that.”
According to organizers, people participating in the event took a day off from work paid or unpaid, avoid shopping, and wear red to show awareness.