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Activists of The Pakistan People's Party hold placards as they march during a rally to mark International Women's Day in Karachi

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"On International Women's Day, March 8th, women and our allies will act together for equity, justice and the human rights of women, through a one-day demonstration of economic solidarity", the guide states.

The protest, dubbed A Day Without A Woman, comes on the heels of a similar event that sought to highlight the importance of immigrants in the American economy, calling on them to similarly stay home from work. And women in the United States are not alone. A few blocks away, the organizers of January's Women's March are holding a lunchtime rally at City Hall from noon to 2pm.

Organizers for the protest encouraged people to take a day off work, wear red or only patronize women and minority-owned businesses. They say they are taking a stand against gender inequality, racial and sexual violence.

Crawley said the decision to cancel classes Wednesday was "based exclusively on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms", and does not signal political support for the protest. Some schools are also closing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and in New York City.

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"It's a day to give myself some time", the Upper East Sider explained. "Privileged" means having special rights or conditions that most other people do not have.

Former Google staffer Esposito, who connects her 7,000-strong database of women to top tech jobs, wasn't sure about participating at first.

While there has yet to be much response to the 1 p.m. rally's Facebook announcement, the organizer calls on women to take a long lunch in the park to gather in solidarity with the national movement. "And today, we are walking out for them", said California Rep. Barbara Lee before leaving the House floor.

Inspired by striking Yemeni bodega owners in NY and the Day Without Immigrants, organizers of the Women's March called for the strike.