My friend and fellow writer, Amy Alkon (author of Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck) received a press release announcing a certain company’s celebration of International Women’s Day. The press release stated:
[Company] CEO, [Man], is joining the nation in solidarity of women’s rights and values by giving his female employees paid time off March 8th. With nearly 35 percent of his company’s positions held by women – including a majority of the executive seats and almost the entire PR department – much of the site’s operations will shut down for the day.
Does anyone see a problem with that? Alkon did, and she emailed back to ask for clarification:
Alkon: So, men have to work and only women get the day off?
PR person: Yes. Women across the country are participating in a national day of strike (called “A Day Without Women”) on International Women’s Day as a way of showing how important women are in the workplace. [Company] CEO supports this movement and has encouraged any women in the office who wish to participate to do so.
Alkon: “yes” meaning that men have to work while women get the day off?
PR person: Correct.
To read more, click here: When Your “Day Without Women” Press Release Announces You Are Violating Federal Law