Across the country Wednesday — organizers hope — women will skip out on work to send a message to the world.
The idea is to show solidarity among women everywhere by demonstrating how poorly the world would work without female workers in the labor force or on the home front. Some of the same people who organized the Women’s March on Washington the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration are promoting the general strike.
“It is very liberal, just as tomorrow’s day without women will be. The Left is very militant. They love their street theater.”
But don’t be fooled, says the conservative Media Research Center, which on Tuesday published a report detailing the far-left roots of the Women’s March.
“It is very liberal, just as tomorrow’s day without women will be,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at MRC. “The Left is very militant. They love their street theater.”
The report tracks $246.7 million in donations from 2000 to 2014 made by billionaire financier and liberal activist George Soros and his Open Societies Foundations to 100 sponsors and partners of the march.
“Soros didn’t pay for the march,” Gainor said. “But he gave almost exactly a quarter of a billion dollars to almost exactly 100 organizations … He certainly had his stamp on it.”
Far from being an event for all women, Gainor noted, organizers pushed out women’s groups that oppose abortion and passed out liberal talking points.
The same organizers behind the march are promoting the calls for Wednesday’s strike.
[lz_table title=”Top Recipients of Soros Money” source=”Media Research Center”]2000-2014 donations from George Soros and foundation to partners and sponsors of Women’s March.
Human Rights Watch,$32M
Center for American Progress,$12.2M
Ms. Foundation for Women,$10.8M
Amer. Const. Society & Law,$8.2M
People for the American Way,$6.6M
Economic Policy Institute,$6.5M
“In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women’s March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity,” Women’s March organizers wrote on their website.
They also gave a hat tip to “trans and gender nonconforming people,” whom they feel face “heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting.”
The group is urging women to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping — except for small, female- and minority-owned businesses — and to wear red, a color associate with organized labor around the world.
It is not clear how many women will actually heed these calls, although the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina and the Alexandria, Virginia, school system, as well as individual schools elsewhere, have canceled classes for the day.
The march partners receiving the most Soros money over the years tend to range from Left to far Left. The American Civil Liberties Union has gotten the most, $37.4 million. Human Rights Watch; Planned Parenthood and its affiliates; the Center for American Progress, founded by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman; and Ms. Foundation for Women round out the top five recipients.
All have received more than $10 million since 2000 from Soros and his foundation.
The report urges journalists cover the “Day Without a Woman” to expose the backgrounds of organizers. It notes that ABC, CBS, and NBC never mentioned controversial march supporters during a combined hour and 15 minutes of coverage. Those influencers include Soros and the Communist Party.
The report also asks for balance. According to the authors, the broadcast networks’ morning and evening news shows devoted 129 times more coverage to the Women’s March in January than it did to the 2016 March for Life. They spent more time on the Women’s March before it even happened than before and after the 2017 March for Life.
In contrast to ignoring Soros, the report states, broadcast outlets routinely focus on money donated to conservative causes by industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch. The report also points out that the decision to exclude anti-abortion groups from the march received scant attention.
The combined effect, Gainor said, is that casual viewers are ill-informed about the true nature of events like the Women’s March and the Day Without a Woman.
“I think liberals understand it’s a liberal march. I think conservatives my not, because the media lie to them.”