‘Women Workers Rising’ is a campaign organized by One Fair Wage and One Billion Rising together with a coalition of women’s activists and groups. ‘Women Workers Rising’ is also the latest action event coming out of the campaign. ‘Women Workers Rising’ is built on the foundation that the fight for women’s rights must center the needs and voices of women workers, and that the labor movement must center the needs and voices of women in their workplaces, associations, and unions especially women of color, immigrant women, and undocumented women.
Women Workers Rising action events joins the thousands of One Billion Rising creative resistance actions taking place throughout the US and the world, where women are rising up on the stage, in the streets, and in front of government offices, to demand changes in the policies and culture that sustain violence and inequality.
Sexual harassment and violence against women workers (cis, transgender, and gender non-conforming), takes place every day at workplaces across the country, in every occupation and industry. From restaurant workers, teachers, retail workers, domestic workers, and at-home mothers to nurses, farmworkers, factory workers, workers with disabilities, federal workers, actors, office workers, company executives, and more, workplace violence is part of making a living for many women. The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the situation, as 1 in 3 essential jobs are held by women and they lack protections in PPE and are being treated as expendable by a system that only seeks to profit. In many cases, women don’t or can’t speak out or seek justice for fear of losing their jobs. All of this is happening in a global economic reality where it is increasingly difficult for women to earn a livable wage.