As we all know, Monday March 8th marked an important global holiday: International Women’s Day. For well over a century, International Women’s Day has called attention to issues of gender inequality and praised women for their achievements. Though some might question the current need for this annual holiday, one need only to view the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap Report, which states that gender parity will not be attained for another 100 years. That’s right; we will not experience complete gender equality in our lifetimes. It is crucial that we do anything we can to help, right now.
Even if that something is as small as posting on social media to raise awareness for International Women’s Day (IWD) and the causes it represents. One post, ever year, on March 8th. How hard can that be?
According to a certain celebrity (who’s anonymity will be protected in this article), it is extremely difficult.
“I had all my pictures and captions selected for an entire week leading up to the day,” she reveals. “One of my mom, one of my best friend, and one of my sister. All the important female role models in my life. I was going to write, ‘Happy International Women’s Day to some of the most beautiful, strong, intelligent people I know.’ I thought it was simple, yet effective. So why didn’t I post?”
As it turns out, the celebrity had a 12-hour film shoot that day. She woke up, went to work, came home, ate dinner, and went to bed, all without checking social media.
“I completely forgot it was International Women’s Day because I was so busy that day and didn’t even check social media. I feel so terrible. It was the one chance I had to show my support for female causes and I blew it. Now I have to wait another year!”
We spoke with a representative from IWD and the World Economic forum about this celebrity’s blunder. Fortunately, posting to social media is not the only way she can show her support. Unfortunately, due to her massively diverse social network, which would’ve raised awareness for the cause over 99% greater than if the average person would’ve posted, this celebrity not posting to social media has added 50 years onto the global gender gap. Yep, It’s gonna be at-least 150 years now until we reach gender parity.
In order to counteract this change, a lot needs to be done. IWD recommends that the celebrity donate at least $250,000 total to the following IWD Charities of Choice:
- World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scotts (WAGGGS): “The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the largest voluntary Movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world. Our diverse Movement represents ten million girls and young women from 150 countries. For more than 100 years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has transformed the lives of girls and young women worldwide, supporting and empowering them to achieve their fullest potential and become responsible citizens of the world.”
- Catalyst: “Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst drives change with pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership—because progress for women is progress for everyone.”
After hearing this suggestion, the celebrity hesitated- that was $250,000 she could use to buy another Bentley… But ultimately, she shrugged and pulled out her checkbook. Not without posting about the donation on social media of course. But hey, her post spurred another $5,000 in donations among her followers. So we aint even mad.