It’s International Women’s Day, and you’ll likely see signs of it around town in Philly today — most notably, there’s a rally outside Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey’s Chestnut Street office at 1 p.m., as well as a march from Logan Square to Thomas Paine Plaza, starting at 5 p.m.
Those aren’t the only protests happening though — around the country, some women are stopping work, hoping to demonstrate the valuable contributions of women to all parts of society, as well as to draw attention to other issues faced by women, such as gender-based wage gaps. Organizers of the protests are also encouraging people to avoid shopping for the day (with exceptions for businesses that are small, women- and minority-owned), and to wear red in solidarity with women who are striking.
On the Philly restaurant scene, it doesn’t look like there will be closures as happened a few weeks ago for the Day Without Immigrants protest (although the exact scope of the A Day Without A Woman strike should become clearer as the day goes on).
But that doesn’t many restaurateurs or their staff are ignoring International Women’s Day or A Day Without A Woman — a host of restaurants, bars, and cafes around the city are getting involved, donating parts of today’s profits to organizations that support women or women’s rights. We’ll be tracking local restaurants’ plans for the day here.
If you work at or represent a restaurant in the Philly area with plans to close or take other action to support A Day Without A Woman on Wednesday, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update this list.
- Monk’s Cafe will be tapping its triple IPA, Pliny the Younger, as of 4 p.m. and giving 100 per cent of proceeds to anti-domestic violence organization Women Against Abuse.
- Square One Coffee is closing its JFK Boulevard location at 1:30 p.m., and its Lancaster store at 3 p.m. for protests. The 13th Street location is open until 7 p.m. as normal.
At SQ1 nearly half our team is made up of talented women & female-identified folks. Our company wouldn't exist without these amazing people.— Square One Coffee (@squareonecoffee) March 8, 2017
- East Passyunk cafe Chhaya is donating 22 per cent of its sales to Career Wardrobe, an organization helping women get a footing in the workforce. That number? It’s one of various estimates of the average gap between what women are paid and what men are paid when doing the same work, across different fields.
- Wine bar Tria’s Fitler Square location is promo-ing wines made by women (no word about donations and the like).
- Saint Benjamin Brewing Company is running a beer brewing workshop for women in conjunction with the Philly chapter of The Pink Boots Society — proceeds go to the society, which has a focus on furthering women’s careers in brewing.