Recently, one of my favourite magazines, ELLE, launched their #MoreWomen campaign, a campaign calling for more women to be placed in more visible and powerful positions.
In their aim to make women more visible, they made men invisible by showing what various scenes where significant amounts of power and influence are held would look like if men were removed from them. These included scenes from political boardrooms, the UN, Buckingham Palace along with tv shows such as Saturday Night Live and University Challenge. The video illustrates how few women hold top positions across various industries.
I had initially planned to publish this post a few weeks ago but now I’m glad that I decided to hold off on this post and see where this campaign would go…
Jennifer Lawrence elaborated on the issue and spoke out about the issue of equal pay and feminism an an emotive essay in Lena Dunham’s newsletter, Lenny.
She wrote, “When it comes to issues of feminism, I’ve remained ever-so-slightly quiet.” As a 19 year old girl, this is something I feel I can really relate to. Realistically, how many times have you heard people complaining about how “annoying” feminists are? There’s more often than not, a fear of not being liked or annoying people that comes with expressing our opinions but it doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be this way. Just as J-Law said “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable.”
Kate Winslet then got involved in the issue in all of the wrong ways. She feels that all of this talk about money is a all a bit “vulgar” which, unsurprisingly, sparked negative reactions from the public. It’s difficult to relate to this statement and understand her thinking behind the issue when in the UK alone, for every £1 earned by men, women only earn 86p. This current gender pay gap means that this year, women effectively stopped earning relative to men on the 9th of November.
If you take a minute to think about all of the women in your life that you care about, wouldn’t it anger you watching them work just as hard, if not harder, that their male colleagues only to find that in the end, their work received much less recognition when it came to payday?
Put yourself in their shoes and maybe then people would find the cause a little less “annoying” and instead help to make a difference.