Many of America’s top media sites not only are staffed mostly by women but also cater to women everywhere. That’s why several of them decided to celebrate International Women’s Day by showing their readers and viewers just how important women are to each publication’s survival. Some chose not to roll out new content on Wednesday while others have given their employees the day off.
Teen Vogue announced it wouldn’t publish any new content on Wednesday to “celebrate and uplift” women everywhere:
The Cut, New York Magazine’s fashion website, made a similar announcement.
“We’re on strike,” the editorial said. “Yes, STRIKE. No news. No fashion. No life-changing, ugly-cry-inducing advice from Ask Polly.”
So did Bustle and its sister site Romper.
“Quite simply, without women, there is no Bustle,” their announcement said. “There is no Romper. Without our editorial team, which is 97 percent female, we would be unable to produce a site that aims to provide support and a megaphone for women to express how they’re feeling about the world.”
Employees won’t be working on Wednesday, it added, but instead will volunteer at charities that cater specifically to women.
MTV’s female employees also went on strike. Photos posted on Twitter showed an empty office except for one lone male staffer.
Complex decided to live stream a note from its video producer in lieu of producing any Facebook Live videos for the day.
“Complex’s regular Facebook Live programming will not run today in solidarity with A Day Without Women,” the note said. “Because all of Complex’s Facebook Live videos are produced by a woman.”
Outlets like Glamour, in a slightly different twist, announced they would only feature content about International Women’s Day on Wednesday.