Professors planning to participate in women's rights strike

Posted at 6:52 PM, Mar 03, 2017

On Wednesday, March 8th, women around the world will take a stand for equality. They'll be participating in the "A Day Without A Woman" demonstration.

Women are being encouraged to take the day off work, avoid shopping and wear red in solidarity. It's a way for women to protest their rights.

Canisius College Philosophy professor, Tanya Loughead and at least 10 other Canisius faculty members are planning to be park of the strike. Loughead said she wants to bring attention to inequality in society.

"I can't believe I'm still protesting this, but wage gaps still exist. There are still differences in the amount of women in power and government. We still haven't had a woman president. Sexual assault, rape culture, and the fact that gender stereotypes still structure how people envision who they are," Loughead said.

She believes the presidency of Donald Trump has only revealed these issues that many thought no longer exist. The professor even wrote a letter to her Wednesday class explaining to them why she is deciding to strike. In the letter, she encourages them to read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From A Birmingham Jail."

"I'm telling my students this is a moment for us to reflect on what civil disobedience is," Loughead said.

Canisius College releasing this statement:

"Canisius College is disappointed that any faculty member would choose to put their own interests ahead of those of our students whose education is the only reason for which we exist."

Professor Loughead plans on meeting with Buffalo lawmakers on Wednesday and push for new women's rights policies.

Buffalo attorney and businesswoman, Lisa Coppola agrees women are facing multiple challenges in society. However, she's not planning to strike. In fact, she's taking a different approach. Coppola is hosting a networking event for 400 women on March 8th. To find out more about her event go to nawbowny.org