When Tara Tona asks me to be involved in anything my very first instinct is to say yes. I love this girl; she is smart, curious, imaginative, funny, so witty and genuinely cool. So when she asked me to be a part of Project:Women I (obviously) said yes! However I had no idea how much the journey we were about to embark on would suddenly become such a delightful and welcomed obsession.
Researching for Project:Women has forced me to spend many an hour reading an article, and then clicking through to another article…I can’t seem to concentrate on anything else because all I want to do is read, share, read and share more stories about the incredible conversations going on about women. But it’s not all about women’s rights or feminism or women’s suffrage, but about how insanely cool women are and how important it is right now to support, glorify, celebrate, champion, educate, promote, bring together, fight for, fight with, stand up for and rally around the females that are inhabiting the earth at this point in time because they are BADASS!
Something that has gotten me really excited is the trend in campaigns and movements that are being launched around Women’s Education and Women’s Rights, and for that reason I have decided to dedicate my first blog post to them. I provide their websites and then a little background on each one. Enjoy!
For hundreds of years we, as a nation, have been ok with men being the only gender represented on our national currency. Well not anymore. Thank you 2015! Women on 20s aims to compel historic change by convincing President Obama that NOW is the time to put a women’s face on our paper currency. This campaign was started to rally the American public and vote to put a women on the $20 bill by 2020, which is the 100 year anniversary of women’s right to vote. The movement has been designed to resemble a political campaign with over 256,000 voters casting ballots over the last five weeks. Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller are the four choices to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, and will advance to the final ballot for your consideration.
ACTION STEPS: Check out the website, watch this adorable video of kids asking “Where Are the Girls on the Money?” and GO VOTE for the women you want to see on the $20 bill! We have the chance to make history. When I see one of these women represented I will spend my $20 proudly!
This campaign has been made famous by the radiant Emma Watson and has seen some real traction over the last few months. She has spoken at the UN (her speech is incredible) and aims to change the conversation that men have about women. We need the support from men to see women as equals so that we can see gender equality in our lifetime.
“It’s 2015 and women around the world are still being abused, objectified and silenced. Yet, women are half of the world’s potential and every single one has the right to a life free from discrimination. Your voice is powerful—raise it to tell the world why equality for every woman and girl is worth fighting for.”
#AskHerMore (hashtag movement)
Yes! Ask Her More! Women have more to talk about then just “what (or who) they are wearing” on the red carpet. This movement is around the hashtag #AskHerMore, and was started by The Representation Project. The mission of The Representation Project is to:
“use film as a catalyst for cultural transformation and inspire individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting sterotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their human potential.”
This movement has all of the biggest celebs talking and challenging the media to break those stereotypes, especially in Hollywood. I say Hell YES!
Regardless of how you feel about Hilary and her goals of being the first female President of the United States, you can’t deny The Clinton Foundation and their work on Climate Change, Economic Development, Global Health, Health and Wellness, and Women and Girls is inspiring and is actively creating change around the world.
Despite progress over the last several decades, women and girls remain the majority of the world’s unhealthy, unfed, and unpaid. No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is a Clinton Foundation initiative to inspire and advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. This site and The Full Participation Project is home to 850,000 data points, spanning more than 20 years, from over 190 countries which aims to present, to the public, the gains that have been made for women over the last two decades, and the gaps that still remain.
ACTION STEPS: Go to the site, read the data, learn about the gains and gaps and share, share, share.
Michelle Obama and the United States Agency for International Development (the lead U.S Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies and realize their potential) take on a global movement to educate girls and women. The more we educate girls and women the more countries prosper. It’s as simple as that. Watch this video to get some of the amazing statistics (told by your favorite entertainers).
ACTION STEPS: Join. Act. Partner. Comment.
This is more of a website than a movement, but I feel it’s become a movement just by it’s nature. The tagline is brilliant:“Change the world by being yourself”. I love that! Why not? Why not change the world by being yourself? Why not empower girls and women to be themselves instead of who they “think” they should be. This website has launched other campaigns such as OWNit; a summit that was held at Georgetown University that brought together incredible female voices and leaders from around the globe.
“Smart Girls is a home base where many young men and women are able to express their concerns. Through our ‘Call to Action’ campaigns we encourage smart girls to volunteer, be more involved in the world they live in, and expand their worldview beyond their backyards. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over ‘fitting in.’ We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend.”
ACTION STEPS: Follow them on social media; this is where I have been finding tons of exciting and inspired content about the amazingly cool things that girls and women are doing throughout the world. I LOVE SMART GIRLS and you will too.
Artwork by Steven Stahlberg