In solidarity with women across this country, the Evergreen Education Association Representative Council passed the resolution below on Monday, February 27th.
A DAY WITHOUT WOMEN
March 8, 2017
Whereas, institutional sexism is alive and well in the United States, leaving many women to feel unsafe and objectified; and
Whereas, the women of Washington State have a median income that is 79% of that of working males in Washington State; and
Whereas, the President of the United States was once caught on tape bragging about how he can sexually assault women without repercussion; and
Whereas, the President of the United States, when campaigning, regularly made disparaging comments about women and their looks; and
Whereas, the President of the United States has yet to attempt to ease the rational fears of many women who feel he does not respect them; and
Whereas, the Evergreen Education Association is made up of 74.65 % women; and
Whereas, an international women’s strike is being organized on March 8th, international women’s day; and
Whereas, the women of the Evergreen Education Association have personal leave and union protections that afford them the ability to take part in this day of action, making it our responsibility to stand in solidarity with women across the country who are participating, and represent those women who cannot; and
Whereas, the Evergreen Education Association believes that it is more essential than ever to model for our students, particularly our female students, the importance of self-advocacy and standing up for what we believe in.
Therefore, be it known that the Evergreen Education Association endorses the March 8th Day Without Women action and directs the EEA president to take the following actions:
- Inform the Evergreen School District of this endorsement so they can plan accordingly
- Announce to the membership at large that the EEA makes this endorsement and encourages our female members to participate by taking personal leave on March 8th.
- Encourage all members who plan not to work on March 8th to put the appropriate leave into the AESOP system immediately so as to give the District appropriate notice to adjust the school calendar should not enough educators plan to work on March 8.
- Keep the membership updated on, and encourage participation in, any local events taking place on March 8th.