As of 2015, women made 80 cents for every dollar a man earned—a discrepancy that represents a 20% wage gap.
Though she has a white-collar job, Sweeney comes from a union family, she says—adding that she’s aware of the impact a strike can have, “both practically and symbolically.”
But the strike on Wednesday isn’t just for women. Even on the Women’s March website it says that “anyone, anywhere,” can join in.
That’s partly why Steve Ducey, 34, wants to take part. Ducey, who lives in Los Angeles, is an actor, part-time restaurant server, and now, “increasingly so, an activist,” he tells Fortune.