A Day Without A Woman: Hundreds Of Women Gather At Utah State Capitol

Mar 8, 2017

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March 8 was International Women’s Day and women nationwide gathered together to show the economic power and significance women have in the United States. This picture was taken in Washington D.C. on January 21, 2017 during the Women's March.
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In Salt Lake City, hundreds of women dressed in red gathered at the Utah State Capitol today for A Day Without a Woman protest.

 

Many held signs with photos of their local lawmakers. They're reminding legislators that they are closely watching how the lawmakers handle women's issues.

Crowds of women stood outside the state's House and Senate to send notes to lawmakers asking them to come out and talk with them.

According to the U.S. Census, women make up more than 47 percent of the workforce and are dominant in such professions as registered nurses, dental assistants, cashiers, accountants and pharmacists.

They make up at least a third of physicians and surgeons, as well as lawyers and judges. Women also represent 55% of all college students.

Still, American women continue to be paid less than men, earning 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. The median income for women was $40,742 in 2015, compared with $51,212 for men, according to census data.

The organizers asked participants to join the demonstration by taking the day off from paid or unpaid labor, avoid shopping for one day, or wear red in solidarity for the cause.

The organizers of the demonstration also organized the Women’s March in January.