On Strike! Women March Around the World

Women around the globe took part in some of the largest-ever International Women's Day protests.

"A Day Without a Woman," also deemed the Women's Strike, encourages participants to skip work or school and avoid purchasing anything in stores or online to show just how critical a role women play in society.

Above: Women march down Istiklal Avenue to mark International Women's Day in Istanbul on March 8, 2017.

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Women rally in Madrid.

More than 50 countries around the globe have events scheduled. 

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New York

Police officers arrest women taking part in a Women's Day Rally in Manhattan.

Protesters gathered in Midtown near the Trump Tower.

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New York

A woman strikes a pose in front of the "Fearless Girl" statue on March 8. The girl faces Manhattan's well-known bronze charging bull, as if to fearlessly stare it down. 


An investment firm, State Street Global Advisors, erected the statue ahead of International Women's Day.

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New York

People stop to photograph the "Fearless Girl" statue. An inscription at the base reads, "Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference."

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A protester holds a pro-abortion rights sign in front of the White House during a march and rally to support women's health programs.

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South Korea

Women protest against gender inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace in Seoul.

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A woman stands in front of a rainbow flag in Tbilisi.

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Women cover their mouths at a demonstration in front of the government house in Santiago.

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A woman raises her fist at a march in Paris.

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A women and a girl wear pink hats with cat ears, "pussy hats," at a march in Copenhagen. The hats became popular after thousands wore them at the Women's March in Washington the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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A woman wears a female pictogram on her face in Marseille.

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Women clap and chant slogans during a one-hour strike in Buenos Aires.

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