Tech companies are preparing for employees to strike for #DayWithoutAWoman

To commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8, a small group of women have organized “A Day Without a Woman” — an entire day for women to abstain from going to work or shopping to illustrate the economic value that women provide, despite often receiving lower wages or other inequities.

Critics of the event have argued that the event is geared toward women privileged enough to leave behind a day’s worth of pay.

Still, a few Silicon Valley companies — some of which are in the spotlight for allegations of workplace sexism and sexual harassment — have begun to prepare for the strike internally.

Both Uber and Lyft have communicated to employees that they are free to participate in the strike.

In addition to an email Lyft sent out to its employees, the company’s general counsel, Kristin Sverchek, also emailed the staff about Women’s Day in general.

Team,

I’m chiming in from maternity leave on a topic that is close to home for me – Wednesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, and I wanted to share a few thoughts about what the theme means to me, and what I think we can all take from International Women’s Day.

It’s about asking questions (and sometimes asking

Article source: http://www.recode.net/2017/3/7/14846128/womans-day-strike-tech-uber-lyft-facebook

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