Photos: Teachers in LA and across the country turn to #ADayWithoutAWoman as a teachable moment
Mitchell Trinka | March 9, 2017
Americans woke Wednesday to morning news broadcasts reporting school closures across the country, prompted by female teachers who took the day off to celebrate International Women’s Day. But many more educators made it to class, using the occasion to teach valuable lessons to their students.
The classroom conversations coalesced around celebrating International Women’s Day, as well as discussing A Day Without a Woman, both movements which are aimed at helping people recognize the enormous contribution women have across the world.
Today’s rallying cry came more than six weeks after women’s marches across the globe, which drew more than 2 million people to support women’s rights and, in the U.S., to protest Donald Trump’s election.
From inspiring writing assignments to educating children on the importance of the holiday, students and teachers took to Twitter to share stories about the teachable moments we could all learn something from:
— Kate Alwon Brenner (@DCSchoolTeacher) March 8, 2017
a guy in my class said “why don’t we have a day” and my teacher said to him “everyday is your day” #InternationalWomensDay
— madison (@coldwataah) March 8, 2017
When your English teacher gives you the task of writing about the most influential woman you know on #InternationalWomensDay 💕
— Alex Caldwell (@acaldwell_16) March 8, 2017
— n (@dnaIeigh) March 8, 2017
Just had a 3rd grade boy ask me if there’s a comparable day for men. Had the whole talk about equality in our society.
— Jennifer Orr (@jenorr) March 8, 2017
My English teacher just let all of the girls in class leave early and made the guys stay. Happy #InternationalWomensDay
— Soph (@pezzmachine) March 8, 2017
— Sydni Cooley 🌸 (@AaliyahSydni) March 8, 2017
just know that my english teacher just dragged a boy in my class for saying ‘why do men not get a day’
— maddi (@kickasskendrick) March 8, 2017
I will wear red and teach my students about Susan B. Anthony today. #InternationalWomensDay
— Laura Quigley (@laura5801) March 8, 2017
— Kate with a Y (@pinkatydid) March 8, 2017
— KatBrezler (@KatBrezler) March 8, 2017
— Natalie Corvino (@MrsCMathTeacher) March 8, 2017