LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - Here in Arkansas the focus was on celebrating women and pushing forward as it was around the globe on International Women's Day.
As many women go on strike around the world on Wednesday a group of women in Little Rock are standing by them, but they're not taking the day off.
On the steps of the State Capitol, women like Eve Jorgensen gathered for lunch.
"I decided to get together with some of my girlfriends and have lunch here on my hour break and go back to work," Jorgensen said. "I'm wearing red in solidarity and I'm not spending any money today."
The same team that organized the Women's March in January encouraged working women to stay home in a demonstration of economic solidarity they are calling "A Day Without A Woman." Sara Drew wanted to support her fellow women.
"Honestly, if every woman took off the world would come to a standstill," she said.
Instead of taking the day off, these women wore red and are avoiding spending money unless it's on small, women and minority owned businesses.
Sally Mengel is one of many small business owner in Little Rock. Her company, Loblolly Creamery, has flourished in the SoMa district, offering locally made ice cream to patrons and businesses across Arkansas.
"[Today] highlights the important things women do every day. Not only giving birth, but we're business owners," Mengel said.
Loblolly Creamery is offering a week-long special called the Queen Sundae. It comes with of course some ice cream, berry compote, a macaron, fresh whipped cream, and more. With each purchase of the sundae, $1 will go towards the Women's Foundation of Arkansas.
"I think it's really important to support women owned businesses and today is kind of a day to support that," Mengel added.
Jorgensen is proud to have so many women in her life.
"Just getting ready for work this morning I realized we can't have a day without women. Women run my kid's daycare, women run my office. Women are everywhere."
Loblolly Creamery will be offering their Queen Sundae special until Sunday March the 12th to celebrate Women's History Month.
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