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Why There Were No Women On Our Homepage For International Women's Day


This year, in honor of International Women's Day, we're participating in the Clinton Foundation's No Ceilings Initiative. Today they kicked off their Not There campaign. Along with Condé Nast, Refinery 29, Under Armour, The New York City Ballet, and other media outlets and brands involved in Not There, we've removed women from our homepages to bring awareness to that very fact: We're not quite there yet when it comes to gender equality. There's still a wage gap, an experience gap, a representation gap between men and women all around the world. Even women in the US, while earning the majority of college degrees, still only make 78 cents to every man's dollar and only make up 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. These facts are often veiled by women's equal representation in the media. From magazine covers to ad campaigns to the author photos on this very site, it's a presence that can insinuate an equal standing that doesn't truly exist. What if women weren't there anymore?

All of this isn't to say we haven't made progress. Tomorrow, the Foundation will unveil a data-driven deep dive into the gains women have made in the last 20 years. We'll have more on that here, so please come back and check it out. [UPDATE: Check out the No Ceilings data here—there're data sets, videos, and more articles about everything from domestic violence rates to STEM education for girls and boys.] And while our homepage will go back to normal, we hope that the conversation we start today can continue towards accelerating equality for all. Visit Not-There.org, get inspired, and share your thoughts below.


Photo courtesy of The Clinton Foundation.