At least 12 women who work at international digital media outlet Vix’s Coral Gables office weren’t at work Wednesday.
They took the day off to support gender equality in the workplace as part of “A Day Without A Woman,’’ a worldwide strike by women to bring awareness to women’s pay inequity issues and the economic power of women.
They were among thousands of women who on Wednesday stayed home from work, joined rallies, wore red or stopped doing business with companies other than those owned by women or minorities in an effort to showcase women’s economic power.
The movement was scheduled to coincide with the 110th annual International Women’s Day, a United Nations-designated day. The strike was put together by organizers of the women’s marches held across the country on Jan. 21, which drew millions of women across the globe to protest the presidency of Donald Trump on his first full day of office.
On Wednesday, women held rallies in Rome, Tokyo, Madrid and Warsaw, among other cities.
Vix, in a statement, supported its female employees:
“Vix serves a very diverse millennial audience with engaging content every day. Our success is a direct result of our own diversity and inclusiveness coming through in the content we produce thanks, in large part, to the ingenuity and hard work of our female employees, who are some of the best professionals in the industry.’’
Miami Workers Center gender justice coordinator Marcia Olivo said hundreds of women had come into the Workers Center, which works with low-income people of color, asking how they could participate.
“We told them to use the power of the wallet,” Olivo said. “Send a strong message to our elected officials that we have the power of consumption.”
Miami Workers Center, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami and the New Florida Majority organized a 10:30 a.m. rally at Miami’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office at 8801 NW Seventh Ave. About 50 people showed up to express support for families they feel are targeted by immigration officials executing current federal policies.
The Women’s March on Washington-Broward Chapter listed actions that supporters could take such as divesting from Bank of America, a funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline; boycotting Hobby Lobby, which went to the Supreme Court to defend its right to exclude contraception from its healthcare plans and got sued after disciplining a transgender female for using the women’s restroom; and boycotting MillerCoors, the brewing company that has financed conservative views on abortion and immigration.
Rallies were also held Wednesday evening at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale and at Miami’s Bayfront Park. The Miami rally called for reproductive rights, environmental justice and that Miami-Dade be considered a sanctuary county.
Last month, county commissioners formally abandoned the county’s status as a “sanctuary” for unauthorized immigrants, backing Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s decision to mollify Trump by detaining jailed inmates sought for deportation by the federal government.
Herald Staff Writers Alex Harris and Patricia Mazzei contributed to this report, as did information from the Associated Press.