The nationwide "A Day Without a Woman" general strike, which was organized by many of the same groups that led the liberal Women's March in January protesting the new Donald Trump administration, took place on Wednesday. The day's events were modeled on the recent "Day Without Immigrants" and included marches, protests and walkouts by small groups of women across the country.
While the turnout does not appear to be as large as the Women's March, the event benefited from being held concurrently with International Women's Day, an annual event originally organized in 1909 by the Socialist Party of America and recognized by the United Nations since 1975.
Wednesday evening, Doc Thompson and the Think Tank gang discussed the campaign and how its focus on overblown problems steers attention away from the world's most vulnerable women.
"You could even make the argument that in some areas women get a raw deal. I mean, that's true in America," Thompson conceded. "But how dare people in America — women in America — say women are being oppressed when there are women being truly oppressed around the world? Am I wrong?"
"No, you're absolutely right," Booey Mittelstadt replied. "And I think that's why it's so frustrating. I think all of us here are feminists when it comes to equal rights for women. But feminists within the United States are harping on all of these myths that don't even exist, and they could be putting all of their time and resources and money and efforts towards actual issues, like how women are treated in the Middle East."