How International Women's Day 2017 is being marked, in Philly and elsewhere

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People take part in a Day Without A Woman demonstration in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Wednesday marks International Women's Day, an annual event that this year has spurred calls for strikes, rallies and other demonstrations.

Some women in the Philadelphia region and elsewhere plan to strike as part of a nationwide movement called A Day Without a Woman, an effort to highlight the contributions of women to society. Other women can't or don't want to take the day off, but are participating in other ways, including wearing red to show solidarity, sharing support on social media or only shopping at women-owned businesses.

Here's a look at how the day is playing out.

Rallies and other Philadelphia events

Some Philadelphia teachers took part in informational pickets outside schools Wednesday morning. Most teachers at two city schools have called out for the day.

At 3:30 p.m., supporters plan to gather for a sign-making event at Aviator Park across from Logan Square.

At 5 p.m., the protesters will march from Logan Square to Thomas Paine Plaza near City Hall.

At 7:30 p.m., a concert highlighting female artists, including several Philadelphia punk bands, will take place at Underground Arts.

A reception and discussion on issues facing women in Philadelphia were being held at City Hall.

The city was also recognizing women who work in public service.

The radio station WXPN is playing music featuring women all day Wednesday.

On social media

While organizers have called for women to mark the day by staying home, many still headed to work Wednesday. But that doesn't mean the day was going unheralded. #InternationalWomensDay and #ADayWithoutAWoman were trending topics on Twitter in Philadelphia on Wednesday, and many women were sharing their thoughts on the day, spreading empowering messages and honoring women who had inspired them.

President Trump, whose inauguration was followed by massive women's marches in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia in protest of his policies and statements about women, also voiced support for the day on Twitter. 

Across the country

Protests and other events to mark the day are being held in cities nationwide, though most places, like Philadelphia, appeared to be seeing a muted response to calls for a strike.

A handful of school districts nationwide have canceled classes for the day due to a large number of teachers calling out. 

Though apparently unrelated, in a bit of symbolism, the Statue of Liberty's lights temporarily went dark late Tuesday, spurring speculation that the outage was related to the women's day.

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