Hours before a “Day Without a Woman,” Lady Liberty went on strike, though not, as it were, on purpose. Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, the spotlights that usually illuminate the Statue of Liberty suddenly fizzled out, leaving only the New York City icon’s torch and crown gleaming in the darkness.
Social media immediately lit up. The timing was “just too perfect,” wrote one Twitter user, referring to the women’s strike, an offshoot of the Women’s March on Washington, that was scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day on Wednesday. “Power failure or social commentary?” someone asked. “Give me your tired your poor your huddled masses but later. We’re closed,” tweeted another.