The same discriminatory thinking lies behind the continuing gender gap in pay and why there are still so few women in office in the West. The root of this prejudice lies deep in our histories, but its impact is felt every day. It is not women and girls alone who suffer. It damages all of us. The evidence shows that investing in women and girls delivers major benefits for society.
~ Jimmy Carter
What are your 6 words on gender equality?
Participate in a global art and activism project with me?
If you could only share 6 words about what a gender equality look like to you –
What would you say?
This week on May 10 the entire world is invited to share their 6 words on 50/50 Day. Below I will share with you how your voice can be heard in this extremely hot topic and tell a bit about my story. I am collaborating with incredible organizations who are leading this conversation through co-curating an art event that images gender equality. I invite you to pause…with me…with those in the world who are not treated equal and share your voice, and view, with us in our art project.
Here’s what I am asking you for: your words.
Here’s how you can participate and bring your voice to 50/50 Day
1. Pause and ponder your 6 words – right from your heart.
2. Write them on a piece of paper. You don’t need to to put the hashtag in the image unless you feel called – that can come in the copy. Add art if you choose :)
3. Take your selfie (you can see mine on FB HERE). Post on social media, specifically Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with your text written out and the hashtags #Gettingto5050 and @six-words memoirs on FB and @six words on Twittter. (This way we can find them for the art project, and show the wave of support)
4. If you would like to share in our specific community event, featuring a global gallery of social activism combined with Intentional Creativity – you can join our free group on Facebook and see what others are saying, since our community is creative, of course there is art cropping up about this! https://www.facebook.com
IF you don’t want to do a selfie – you can post a photo without your face, and or just do the words.
On May 10, at American Steele in West Oakland ~ 1960 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland (707-318-8189 text if you want details), Jonathan and I will be creating public art with Andrew Johnstone of Big Picture Arts in Collaboration with Tiffany Schlain of Let it Ripple and Six Word Memoirs. All the details for the entire event can be found at the button below including how to watch the progress of our mural, which will have hundreds of YOUR 6 word messages included in the art! How cool is that – be a part of the art! Are you in the Bay Area? Come join us: The wall is at 17th and San Pablo in downtown Oakland, 1 block from Oakland City Center BART
50/50 Day is a global initiative to inspire conversation and action on what it’s going to take to get to a more gender balanced world. Our event is one of 9500 events in over 46 states and 51 countries with materials ands screenings of Tiffany’s amazing movie and so much more – it isn’t too late to host your own event, even with only two people! Let’s show up.
Have you heard Jimmie Carter yet – speak to the situation about women and girls? He and his wife have dedicated their LIVES to this cause – here’s a two minute video in case you haven’t heard him speak to this topic – it always makes me cry to hear him on this topic – http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/1
“Yet although economic disparity is a great and growing problem, I have become convinced that the most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls, largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime by the United States.”
~ Jimmy Carter
What does gender equality look like in a symbol?
Of course in the design of the mural – lots has been discussed – I wanted to dig into the work myself and so I got into photoshop. As a community we never landed – but I thought I would share one of the images I created with you. It is quite a riddle to decode – to make an image that can represent all of us – right where we are in our gender experience.
Image from Paris, Brunehilde Yvrande, an Intentional Creativity Teacher
Thank you for taking the time to read all the way to this sentence. I appreciate it. This topic is near to my heart for so many reasons, mainly from working with women and girls for the past 25 years. This isn’t just a women’s issue, or a feminist discourse, this is half the sky and their children. This is about our future. About who we are as a world!
I was raised in the early 70ies, was a part of some of the first women’s marches and my family was a part of the founding of the Women’s Building in San Francisco. My family harbored women who weren’t safe – in our home and on our land. We answered phones from distressed and in danger women. Our family was part of founding the first women’s center in Sonoma County, where I now live – and we were a part of the first rape trial ever brought to court here. Due to this, our family was put in danger, we even had to move – from our home in Glenn Ellen. Yet we stood our ground for the women to have their voices heard.