This is what a Spanish newsroom looks like when its woman employees go on strike. The second most read newspaper in Spain went on strike for International Women’s Day in all three of its newsrooms in Spain, Brazil, and Mexico.
Back in February, employees voted to back the strike and let women take the day off on March 8. Many of the paper’s women journalists have been organizing protests, highlighting the importance of gender equality.
Other countries around the world also showed their respect on International Women’s Day. In Ireland, airline Aer Lingus gave priority boarding to all women passengers. In Russia, police stopped women to give them flowers. And in London, the train had a nice message for passengers, stating a Simone De Beauvoir quote, “One is not born a woman. One becomes one.”
The strikes in Spain are backed by unions as well as the mayors of Barcelona and Madrid. Trade Unions claim 5.3 million people took part in the two-hour walkout. According to a survey, conducted by El Pais, 82% of Spaniards feel a feminist strike is justified. It’s nice that the strikes are being backed by unions, but even more change needs to be enacted in the work place in order for it to become equal.