The protest is already affecting dozens of schools, which are heavily staffed by women.
At least two U.S. school districts have announced plans to close Wednesday in anticipation of staff shortages for the nationwide “Day Without A Woman” strike.
In Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C., Superintendent of Schools Alvin Crawley said classes for the entire district, which serves more than 15,000 students, would be canceled Wednesday after 300 teachers and other staff members asked to have the day off.
“The decision is based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms, and the impact of high staff absenteeism on student safety and delivery of instruction,” Crawley said in an announcement.
The one-day protest, which is being held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, is intended to draw attention to the plight of women in the workplace who on average are paid 20 cents less than men.
The protest is already affecting dozens of schools, which are heavily staffed by women. The strike organizers include some of the organizers of the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington that brought out millions of women across the country and the world.
Also canceling classes for Wednesday is the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school district in North Carolina, where officials anticipated that 400 to 2,000 staff members would not show up for work. The district, which encompasses 21 schools, said absences on a typical day number around 100 staff or 5 percent of its workforce.