Saturday, March 7, 2015

International Women's Day 2015

We Are Still Asking Are We Equals?

As in my previous International Women's Day posts I want to begin with the 2011 video EQUALS

The video address many issues women face.  The video ends with
So are we equals? Until the answer is yes we must never stop asking
Fast forward to 2014 when Emma Watson spoke as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador announcing the HeForShe initiative where she raised the question
If not me who? If not now when?

The Spotlight On 2015

This year began with Emma Watson updating the progress of the movement created by her 2014 speech.

She is continuing to forward HeForShe with the IMPACT 10x10x10 Program to prompt corporations and world leaders to take action on this issue. She will also be livestreaming on her Facebook page on March 8th.

Find Your Meryl Streep Moment

Last month the movement was recognized by mainstream media when Patricia Arquette's Academy Award Acceptance Speech touched on the topic.

Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech received resounding applause from the audience but what furthered the impact of her speech was the support she received by her fellow nominee Meryl Streep.  The fact that she stepped up to acknowledge what Patricia Arquette said is equally important.  For some making eloquent speeches comes naturally and for others it may not, but for those in the latter category it is important to support those who speak up for issues you believe in.

Make It Happen

What women's initiatives do you support? While this year I have highlighted women's equality in the workplace there are still many other women's issues that need support. That is why this year's International Women's Day Theme MAKE IT HAPPEN is so important. By recognizing an issue that resonates with you or supporting someone that is stepping up and saying something about it are just a couple of ways to make change happen.  Let me know what women's issues you support by linking up or commenting below.

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