Local women rally for 'A Day Without a Woman'

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Wednesday marks International Women's Day, and in cities around the country, women staged strikes and protests to demonstrate how vital they are to the economy. (WPVI)

They assembled with their signs Wednesday afternoon on Logan Square. Many took part in the Women's March on Washington in January. They're determined to keep that momentum going, and no better day than today - International Women's Day.

"My motto right now is we need to have a revolution, and women need to lead it. And I mean, if we have to turn everything on its head - we will," said Beverly Rolfsmeyer of Roxborough.

"It's an International Women's Day, so I think that's a great thing to take part in, too. Just not to think about ourselves in this little box of the United States, but to think about what women are facing all over the world," said Jessica Levy of West Philadelphia.



"I think we have that heart and you need women in office, more women in office, who has a heart, who genuinely cares about people," said Queena Bass of Nicetown.

Earlier on Wednesday, a group that typically assembles for 'Tuesday's with Toomey' - gathered outside Sen. Pat Toomey's new office in Old City. They voiced an assortment of concerns about everything from healthcare to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

"I think it's really important to make sure every voice is represented among all the women that work and live here in Philadelphia, and I think it's important for all of our elected officials to hear the issues that are most important to them," said Colleen Kennedy of Havertown.
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From the Delaware Valley, to across the country - even worldwide - women are rallying to prove their economic impact.



"I don't think you can have hundreds of thousands of people out on the street without the folks at the helm of power feeling it. I think it's incredibly important that we stay out here, that we stay marching. I think folks are hearing it," said Gwen Snyder, Philadelphia Jobs with Justice.

In a tweet Wednesday, Sen. Toomey said, "PA women have played an invaluable role shaping our country; today we celebrate their work."


Organizers asked women to stay home from work Wednesday to show their economic power. Critics argued many women can't afford to stay home from work or to pay for childcare.

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