Across the United States and the world, tens of thousands are expected to use International Women's Day to participate in "A Day Without A Woman," a strike organized by the founders of the Women's March.
They'll now be joined by a young 10-year-old girl, who will be absent from classes for a day to "make her voice heard" — which, many would argue, is itself a worthy educational activity.
Twitter user Laura Moreschi posted a picture of her daughter's letter to her principal on Monday. In it, the little girl explains how she has decided to spend International Women's Day.
"I am going to write a letter to the editor, contact my congressmen, and do whatever I can to make my voice heard," she wrote. "With your permission, I would like to be excused from school this Wednesday."
The little girl's letter is getting attention on the social platform and at The Huffington Post. She is one of many girls and women who have committed to participating. All across the East Coast, public schools are canceling class in the expectation that their teachers — many of whom are women — won't be showing up for work. More than 75 percent of kindergarten to high school teachers are women.
Made possible by the people behind the historic Women's March on Washington, A Day Without Women is meant to serve as a reminder of women's value in the United States. Organizers have asked that women also try to abstain from spending money to demonstrate their effect on the economy. Many are instead choosing to give back to their communities, or, like Laura Moreschi's daughter, spending the day advocating for causes they believe in.