One man’s A Day Without a Woman

"I have to do everything myself:" Mike Contreras.

The two female office workers at Stockton Monument left work Wednesday in to participate in the national A Day Without a Woman march in San Francisco. Stockton Monument owner Mike Contreras was left to run his headstone business all by himself.

Contreras left me a phone message.

“I have no women working for me today,” he said plaintively. “Can you give me a call at my office? I’ll be answering the phone.”

We spoke this morning. “It was hard for me to run my office, man,” Contreras groaned. “The girls were in San Francisco. I went crazy man. It was like, what do I do? To be honest with you it was crazy.”

Contreras had to do everything himself. “Oh, man I had to sell, work with the customers—I couldn’t even do a computer design for people here.”

There was an upside, Contreras said. “A lot of the women who came in, they were glad that they came out,” Contreras said, meaning glad that his employees participated in the event. “They liked the idea that younger people were were invloved.”

His staff having returned today, Contreras was philisophical. “It was all for good cause. Being that my mom was a single parent aren’t, and she struggled. I said, ‘What the hell, why not? It was for the women.”

But, he admitted, “I had a terrible day.”



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