A Washington D.C. suburb that overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 election is preemptively cancelling classes on Wednesday so its teachers can protest Donald Trump.
The same organizers behind the Women’s March, which attracted hundreds of thousands of women in opposition to President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration, are encouraging women to stay home from work on March 8 to show that they aren’t happy about the current president.
Alexandria City Public Schools said that because 300 employees asked for time off on Wednesday, there were not enough teachers to oversee its classrooms.
“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,” the ACPS statement reads. “It is not based on a political stance or position.”
ACPS does not plan to schedule a make up day, which means kids will lose a day of education because their teachers have decided it’s more important to protest Trump than do their jobs.
The Federalist has reached out to ACPS, but the district refused to say if teachers will be paid for the day off.
Alexandria isn’t the only school district to cancel classes: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District in North Carolina won’t have school on Wednesday either.
What’s perhaps the most ironic part about the protest is that it effectively forces women to stay home from work so others can participate. It also forces many parents to miss a day of work if they cannot find another form of childcare within two days.
LOL SO- A Day Without Women putting women back at home (in the kitchen) watching their kids. #LeanIn
— Brielle Ann (@brielleann) March 6, 2017
Nice job, feminists.