Today marks International Women's Day, a kick-off of sorts to Women's History Month, and the world is taking time to focus on what matters: the frustrating, mind-boggling, devastating perpetuation of the global gender gap.
In a new report released today from the Clinton Foundation's No Ceilings initiative—a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—we have astounding clarity on the real status of women around the world today. For the past year, No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project has gathered information about the progress (or lack thereof) that's been made for women and girls over the past 20 years. With 850,000 data points collected from 190 countries, it's a comprehensive reality check.
Launched with a campaign called "Not There," the report exposes some simultaneously shocking and not-at-all-surprising facts, like:
- Despite being higher-educated, women are less likely to hold executive positions
- 1 in 3 women suffers physical abuse or sexual violence
- 200 million fewer women than men have internet access in developing countries
- The underrepresentation of women in the work force hasn't changed at all in the past 20 years
- Women spend up to 5 more hours than men doing unpaid work, like household chores
- 1 in 4 girls are married before their 18th birthday
- The U.S. is one of 9 countries that doesn't offer paid maternity leave
"We are taking a collective stand that full participation for women and girls anywhere and everywhere remains the unfinished business of the 21st century," Chelsea Clinton said of the project. And to illustrate the point—women's invisibility—Not There got literal with its awareness campaign:
There's also a video featuring the likes of Amy Poehler, Cameron Diaz, Jenny Slate, and Padma Lakshmi talking about how the world's just not there yet in terms of gender equality—you can hear their voices, but they're invisible:
Let's hope today is the day all that starts to change.
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