What a day without women would look like, in charts

The organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington are planning to hold a strike on March 8 — International Women’s Day — to demonstrate what a day without women would look like.

The organizers are calling for women to take the day off from work, avoid shopping (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses), and to wear red, according to a website about the event.


It’s unclear how many women will participate. The Women’s March, held on Jan. 21, was effective in rallying large numbers of people.

In any case, we wondered: What would a day without women actually look like? Below are some graphics that help show the impact that would have.

1. Nearly half the nation's workforce would be gone.

This chart below shows how there were more women of working age, those 16 or older, than men in the United States, as of 2015.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @mrochele
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