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South Florida Groups Participate in Protests For ‘A Day Without A Woman'

Several South Florida groups participated in Wednesday’s nation-wide 'A Day Without A Woman’ protest, calling for women to take the day off and encourage them not to spend money.

'A Day Without a Woman' is the first national action by organizers since the nationwide marches held the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration that drew millions of women into the streets in protest against misogyny, inequality and oppression.

Several local women’s groups kicked off the day-strike with a 10:30 a.m. rally outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Office in Miami.

"It's important now more than ever to not be complacent and to come out and make sure our voices are heard," said Jozie Furchgott-Sourdiffe, with the Miami Workers Center.

Dozens of women participated in the event, sporting red clothing and signs in support of women.

"We have a lot of issues but our main goal is to show that as women we're standing in solidarity and we're gonna push these issues to the forefront as a group of women and femmes," said Kellie Tigertail, also with the Miami Workers Center.

The Broward chapter of Women’s March Florida hosted a rally and candlelight vigil at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale at 6:30 p.m.

Miami Femme’s Coalition also held a protest march at Bayfront Park Amphitheater at 6 p.m. The rally was followed by a vigil organized by the Miami-Dade chapter of Women’s March Florida at Bayfront Park from 7:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The West Palm Beach chapter of Women’s March hosted a beach cleanup at Boynton Inlet Park.

Wednesday's ‘A Day Without A Woman’ events coincides with the U.N.-designated International Women's Day, and organizers say they want to "stand with women around the globe" who supported their efforts Jan. 21 with similar protests in cities around the world.

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