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50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women in Power

What will it take to get to a 50/50 world—not just in politics and boardrooms, but to truly shift the gender balance to be better for everyone? Through a cinematic-thought-essay style, the film explores where we really are on the greater arc of history of women and power. 

Director: Tiffany Shlain
Year: 2016
Time: 20 min
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Sign up to host a screening for 50/50 Day on May 10th.

Join thousands of organizations, companies, schools, museums, libraries, and homes on May 10th for 50/50 Day, a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society!

Donate to the Global Fund For Women that aims “to find, fund, and amplify the courageous work of women who are building social movements and challenging the status quo.”

Sign the  Pledge for Parity, an initiative by Representation 20/20 to advocate for “systemic reforms to the recruitment process, voting systems, and legislative practices so that more women run, win, serve, and lead.”

Celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women because, as the International Women’s Day organizers note, visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women!

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“We believe ending the high school dropout crisis depends on mentorship…Step Up propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.”

Learn more about the mentorship program  Step Up.

Podcast Interview: Tiffany Shlain, Getting to “50/50”

Listen on the podcast  Inflection Point.

10 Incredible World Leaders Who Prove Why We Need Women In Power

Find out who they are on Elle.

All Countries That Have Had a Female Head of State

“Female heads of state have become common everywhere, it seems, but in the United States…more than 70 countries can boast that a woman has held the position of president or prime minister, many of those in Europe and Asia.”

Read the article on Time.

Women’s History We NEVER Talk About

“For Shlain, 50/50 equality will be achieved when women feel they have the freedom to push their own creative and professional boundaries, and are supported by fellow female trailblazers.”

Read more on  Refinery 29.

Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Q&A with Mary Brinton, sociology professor at Harvard University, on Gender Inequality and Women in the Workplace. 

Read it at Harvard University.

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