While not everyone can strike or take Wednesday off of work, women around the Bay Area are expected to be protesting and otherwise recognizing International Women's Day/'A Day Without Women' in various ways.

San Francisco

A rally is set for the steps of City Hall at 10 a.m., going until noon. A second rally for the International Women's Strike is happening at 5 p.m. at Justin Herman Plaza, and may or may not lead to a march.

At noon, per ABC 7, there's a "Gender Strike" feminist rally and march against Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Start at Justin Herman Plaza, foot of Market Street, San Francisco, continues to ICE headquarters."

A town hall meeting is happening at the World Affairs Auditorium (312 Sutter Street, Suite 200) at 6:30 p.m. with several speakers "followed by a chance to speak candidly about women’s rights, the disparate challenges women still face and what fuels the passion to fight for women worldwide."

Also, the League of Women Voters is hosting a happy hour at Tonic (2360 Polk Street) from 6 to 8 p.m.

And at 7 p.m. there's a Thinking Women's Comedy Show at PianoFight.


A rally begins at 5 p.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.

Also, there's a panel discussion about Women in Hip-Hop (1714 Telegraph) at 6 p.m.


There will be a rally at 11 a.m. on UC Berkeley's Lower Sproul Plaza, featuring a "marathon reading of feminist fiction," and also the Women's Therapy Center (2105 MLK Jr. Way) is hosting a discussion from 5 p.m.to 9 p.m. about "Influence, Power, Purpose, and Action."


There's a sunset gathering of women, with battery-operated candles and pink hats, starting at Linda Mar Beach and proceeding to Rockaway Beach.

San Jose

There's a rally from noon to 2 p.m. at San Jose City Hall.

Santa Cruz

From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. there's a rally at Louden Nelson Community Center (301 Center Street in Santa Cruz)

Also, Inside Scoop spoke with various female chefs around the city and the Bay, and they will be keeping track of any women-run restaurants that will be closed for the day.