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Protesters crowd a park to overflowing for a rally before a women's march Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Seattle. Women across the Pacific Northwest marched in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and to send a message in support of women's rights and other causes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Female Democratic lawmakers staged a walkout to mark 'A Day Without a Woman'


We stand with the millions around the nation who have walked out today. And today, we are walking out for them.
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA

UPDATE March 8, 1:51 p.m. EST:

Several female Democratic lawmakers staged a walkout from the House of Representatives Wednesday in solidarity with the "Day Without a Woman" strike."

Some gave speeches in support of the event before leaving, The Hill reports

ORIGINAL STORY: The organizers of the Women's March are holding another national event for women's rights. Wednesday, March 8 marks "A Day Without a Woman," urging women everywhere to strike, avoid shopping and wear red. The date also marks International Women's Day. 

Below is a list of closures scheduled for that day.


At least three school districts canceled classes for Wednesday. Our partner at WJLA reported Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia will close after 300 staff members requested the day off. Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland will also close

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school district in North Carolina announced it would close, Fox News reports, as did a Brooklyn preschool. The schools said they were closing due to insufficient staff to cover all classes.


NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion-rights lobbying group, announced it would shut its doors Wednesday, ThinkProgress reports. Restaurants in Boston and Washington, D.C.

Female-oriented blog Jezebel said its female writers will join the strike, and male writers will post during the day. MTV said its social media accounts would be fully automated, as "they are run almost entirely by women." It also flipped its logo, making the iconic M a W.

Here's MTV's new logo. 

Film producer Ryan Murphy said all of the women in his company would not be working today.

Hollywood digital studio New Form announced it would close for the day, as its staff was 61 percent female, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Several other Hollywood firms held off-site events for their female employees and said they would support women who went on strike that day.

Netflix staged a "walkout" of its female protagonists. 

'House of Cards' creator Beau Willimon asked Twitter to delete Trump's Twitter account

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