How to Take Part in “A Day Without a Woman” in Boston

Where to eat, shop, and treat yourself on March 8.
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Solidarity sister! A Day Without a Woman is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, which also happens to be International Women’s Day.

Both women and men are encouraged to participate in one of three ways; take the day off from paid/unpaid labor, avoid shopping for one day—unless it’s at small, women or minority owned businesses, or wearing red in solidarity with the movement. Looking for a little help in participating? Here are some local Boston businesswomen that are joining the movement.

Why We March Photo Book and Women's March cards / Photo provided by Olives and Grace

Why We March Photo Book and Women’s March cards / Photo provided by Olives and Grace

Where to Shop

Olives & Grace: Located in the South End, this shop showcases small batch foods and handmade gifts, all from local artisans. Grab some Women’s March cards, or the Why We March photo book for your lady friends this Women’s Day; proceeds are donated to Planned Parenthood. Get 10 percent off with code: WomenRise. 623 Tremont St., 617-236-4536, olivesandgrace.com.

Shake the Tree: Inspired by her travels around the globe, owner Marian Klausner started Shake the Tree over 20 years ago. Grab the girl boss flag or a book highlighting creative women across the country, and Shake the Tree will donate a portion of their sales to Transition House, New England’s first women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. 67 Salem St., 617-742-0484, shakethetreeboston.com.

Persona Jewelry: Margarita Druker started Persona with her husband ten years ago. The shop features hand-made pieces from local artists as well as custom jewelry. Make your accessories as unique as you, girl. 62 Charles St., 617-266-3003, personastyle.com.

Lit Boutique: Lisa Shah created LIT with the modern woman in mind. Grab the ultimate girl power outfit—matching Thelma and Louise shirts—for you and your ride-or-die to sport this International Women’s Day. 223 Newbury St., 617-421-8637, litboutique.com.

Photo provided by Mother Juice / Photo by Marlena Massaro

Photo provided by Mother Juice / Photo by Marlena Massaro

Where to Eat

Mother Juice: That’s right, you can still grab a fresh pressed juice knowing you’re supporting local business women. Founders Ellen Fitzgerald and Laura Baldini started Mother Juice at a farmers market in Somerville and have been fueling women in the Boston area ever since. 291 Newbury St., 100 Hanover St., and 625 West Kendall St., motherjuiceboston.com.

Barbara Lynch Restaurants: Even the veritable queen of Boston dining is getting in on A Day Without a Woman. Stop in to any one of these seven restaurants in her group: MentonNo 9 ParkB&G OystersThe Butcher ShopStirDrinkSportelloVarious locations, barbaralynch.com.

Stephanie’s on Newbury: The Newbury Street favorite from Stephanie Sokolove knows the importance of women. Grab your girls for a pitcher of sangria. 190 Newbury St., 617-236-0990, stephaniesrestaurantgroup.com

Photo provided by Seacoast Sweets

Photo provided by Seacoast Sweets

Where to Treat Yourself

PMS Bites: Indulge without guilt, even if you aren’t on your period. Created by Tania Green, these treats are designed for the health-conscious woman. They contain all natural, vegan, and gluten-free ingredients, plus herbs to help fight the symptoms of PMS—or the everyday stress of life. Get 10 percent off with code: WomenRise. 21 Drydock Ave., 617-279-0736, pmsbites.com.

Balans Organic Spa: If you’re taking the day off, you might as well treat yourself. Moving to Boston in 2004 from Sweden, Marie Aspling and her degree in Biomedical Science sought to change the health and wellness industry. Balans is also the first organic spa in Boston to use only 100 percent organic skincare. 216 Newbury St., 617-424-1500, bostonbalans.com.

Seacoast Sweets: Based off of her grandfather’s peppermint patty recipe, Kirstyn Pearl brought her sweet treats to the North Shore in 2015, and can be found throughout Boston. For every 12 patties sold, Pearl donates $1 to Dream Big!, an organization that helps empower young girls from low-income families through sports and physical activity. 61 Pleasant St., PO Box 581, 978-397-8610, seacoastsweets.com.

Moroccan Magic: Lips chapped from protesting outside in the cold this winter? Moroccan argan oil is your answer. Kristina Tsipouras is the 32-year-old creator of the lip balm brand bringing ultra hydration to women, and men, everywhere. Get 10 percent off with code: friendsofkristina10. kristina@moroccanmagicbeauty.com, moroccanmagicbeauty.com.

Sadhana Yoga: In honor of International Women’s Day, owner Tatyana Souza is adding an acoustic guitar accompaniment from Tye Austin to the 5:45 p.m. Vinyasa class. End your day surrounded by women and set your intentions for whatever the next four years may bring. 15 Worcester St., 617-536-9642, sadhanaboston.com.


Abbi Matheson Abbi Matheson, Editorial Intern at Boston Magazine amatheson@bostonmagazine.com