International's Women's Day arrives Wednesday and it will include an International Women's Strike in 50 countries and A Day Without a Woman protest here in the U.S.
But not everyone is feeling the solidarity.
The group Right2Speak is organizing a "positive counter-movement" to the A Day Without a Woman protest. While A Day Without a Woman is encouraging women not to go to work and to avoid shopping in order to shine a spotlight on the social, economic, cultural and political contributions of women, Right2Speak wants women "to continue working, serving, giving, sharing and loving their communities, their families and their endeavors."
Right2Speak describes itself as "a group of conservative and liberty-loving Americans who proudly serve as a gracious counter-balance to the extreme liberal voices attempting to represent all women in the mainstream media and social media on matters of policy and personal freedoms." Currently, the group has about 500 followers on Facebook.
The group was founded this year in the wake of the Women's March on Washington that saw more that 2 million people take to the streets in the capital and other cities the day after President Trump's inauguration to express their concerns about the new administration's agenda.
The founders of Right2Speak believe that march did not represent all women, especially conservative women. The same organizers who helped start the Women's March also helped put together A Day Without a Woman.
"With disproportionate media attention going to the recent Women’s March movement, there is a very important story that is not being told,” said Toni Anne Dashiell, the founder of Right2Speak. "This is the story of the women in America who have been cast to the side by the spectacle of the extreme far left. We believe all women have the right to speak, the right to participate and the right to express their values without being dismissed."
The group is encouraging women to post photos on social media of themselves doing what they love using the hashtags #NotMyProtest and #WeShowUp. Right2Speak is also asking women to attend or organize "power lunches" in their area and to post pictures from the event.
"We don’t feel like the voices on the far left represent all women," said Ohio Right2Speak spokeswoman LeeAnn Johnson. "We won’t allow our voices to be drowned out. Instead, we will participate with grace and dignity. The heartland of America often gets ignored, and we’re standing up so that our voice is heard."
"We are voices of reason and integrity, of both love and liberty," said Right2Speak member Robin Moore. "I will fight not just for my voice to be heard, but for the voices of all women who are being marginalized by this far-left movement.”
The organizers of A Day Without a Woman do not claim any political and they stress inclusivity. A statement on their website says, "women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability."
Yet, much of the organizers' platform — such as advocating a "living minimum wage," extending labor protections to undocumented immigrants and gay rights — are more in keeping with traditional liberal politics. And the Women's March on Washington was widely understood as a protest against Trump.