This year, International Women’s Day coincides with the “Day Without a Woman” protests on March 8. Worldwide, women are walking out of work, wearing red, and refusing to purchase anything in solidarity with the fight for gender equality. As with the Day Without Immigrants protest on February 16, hundreds of restaurants — both chain and local — are taking steps to participate in the protests, from limiting menus or hours to donating profits to women’s causes or even offering discounts to women. Burger King in China, for instance, has designated its female customers “Burger Queens” and is giving away pre-packaged meals to women.
Here is a list of the more noteworthy happenings around the country:
- Fishwife is offering a 19-percent discount to women to represent the 19th amendment
- Impala Cantina has created a Nasty Woman cocktail and will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the cocktail to Planned Parenthood.
- Pizzeria Paradiso’s owner, Ruth Gresser, is taking the day off, and is offering a paid vacation day to all female employees who do the same.
- L’Enfant Café is offering a discount to all women. Men wearing white in solidarity will receive a smaller discount.
- Bagatelle is offering free drinks to women from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. so that “women won’t have to pay for anything.”
- At Annisa, Anita Lo is donating proceeds from a special appetizer and cocktail to Off the Sidelines, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s organization that helps women run for office.
- The Wren is offering female employees paid time off to attend rallies or protests.
- Female-owned bakeries and dessert concepts— including Ample Hills, Blue Marble,and more— are donating partial proceeds to Girls Rising, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through education.
- The Ugly Mug Diner and The Naumkeag Ordinary, among others, will be closed today.
- Eataly in Boston will be offering limited service in solidarity with its workers who stay home.
- Belly Wine Bar is launching a wine list of all-female winemakers and will donate partial proceeds to a different progressive charity organization every week.
- Juliet is offering free coffee to women and will have a space to discuss women’s rights between noon and 2 p.m.
- Boka Restaurant Group (Girl and the Goat, GT Prime) is offering full service but supports any female employee who takes the day off.
- A dinner crawl will be hosted in Edgewater, with partial proceeds going to GirlForward, which promotes the welfare of refugee girls.
- Cheer Up Charlies is highlighting women-owned businesses at March On! and offering food and drink specials.