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              Police block women during a rally at the U.S. Embassy to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines...

              Women display placards during a rally at the U.S. Embassy to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Manila, Philip...

              In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017, photo, women carry umbrellas as they march during a rally marking International Women's Day in Manila...

              Women blow whistles during a rally to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Women all over t...

              Women display placards in front of riot police during a rally at the U.S. Embassy to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8,...

Police block women during a rally at the U.S. Embassy to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines...

Women display placards during a rally at the U.S. Embassy to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Manila, Philip...

In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017, photo, women carry umbrellas as they march during a rally marking International Women's Day in Manila...

Women blow whistles during a rally to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. Women all over t...

Women display placards in front of riot police during a rally at the U.S. Embassy to mark International Women's Day Wednesday, March 8,...

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on International Women's Day events (all times local):

4:30 a.m.

Scores of women working in the childcare industry in Australia have walked off the job early on International Women's Day to protest what they deem inadequate pay rates.

The United Voice union, which represents the workers, said more than 1,000 staffers at childcare centers in every state and territory in Australia stopped working at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday to call attention to wage disparities felt throughout an industry where the vast majority of workers are women.

"3:20 represents the time that Australian women ostensibly start working for free in comparison to men if you take into account the gender pay gap," said Helen Gibbons, the union's assistant national secretary.

"We know that this has traditionally been seen as women's work," Gibbons said. "It's 2017 and this is not OK to continue. The people who work in this sector demand equal pay."

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2 a.m.

Organizers of January's Women's March have called for women to take the day off and encouraged them not to spend money to show their economic strength and impact on American society.

"A Day Without a Woman" on Wednesday is the first major 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. Though it is unclear how many women could participate, thousands across the country have signaled their support and interest online and to employers.

The event 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.


Updated : 2021-06-17 11:33 GMT+08:00