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Put a woman on Canada’s $100 bill

Posted by Tom Megginson | 29-10-2014 18:33 | Category: Gender issues

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Although, as a Commonwealth country, Canada currently has Queen Elizabeth II on every $20 bill, the only Canadian women honoured on a banknote were recently removed. In 2001, Canada’s redesigned $50 bill featured The Famous Five, a group of women who successfully petitioned the supreme court to recognize women as “persons” in the constitution of the 1920s. In 2011, a new series of bills removed the women and replaced them with an icebreaker.

A petition on Change.org began to circulate, stating “Bank notes that belong to all Canadians should depict a wider range of Canadians, of both genders as well as various ethnic origins. Who and what is celebrated on our bank notes matters, as it reflects what we consider important in our culture and history and who we consider worthy of honouring for achievement. Women are not absent from the list of notable worthies in Canada, just notably absent or under-represented in many of the images that surround us and which contribute to our view of the world and our potential role in it.”

The petition gained support from people like author/poet Margaret Atwood. But now the people behind it have found a fun way to engage the public: By having them nominate their own famous Canadian women for an upcoming issue of the $100 bill with a photo mockup tool.


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In Brazil they save water with silicon

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 27-10-2014 20:40 | Category: Environment

In Brazil they save water with silicon: #NoRainNoWashing - The Nature Conservancy #NaoChoveNaoLavo

São Paulo in Brazil suffers from the worst water shortage in history. Water is not rationed but there is now a campaign to ask motorists not to wash their cars during the drought. That’s not a bad call in a city of 7 million cars because washing a car takes about 500 liters of water.
And what do you do as an advertising agency for such a campaign? Pulling the sexist drawer full of blondes, silicone and dingy males.

Even environmental issues can be solved the sexist way.


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UK Girl Guides demand political action on sexism #girlsmatter

Posted by Tom Megginson | 10-09-2014 15:30 | Category: Gender issues

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From a creative or marketing point of view, there’s nothing outstanding about this video by Girlguiding UK. It’s a typical compilation of “streeters,” with diverse women speaking out about sexism and harassment:

What is interesting is how activist the Guides have become. This is not a simple call to the public to help fight inequality; this is an organized demand to British MPs.

Their online petition to Members of Parliament makes the following demands:

1. Listen to girls and young women, take them seriously and make sure their voices count

2. Demand that schools take a zero-tolerance approach to sexual bullying and harassment

3. Call on all schools to teach body confidence and gender equality

4. Make girls’ rights a priority in the UK’s approach to international development

5. Stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content in mainstream media

6. Empower girls and young women to speak out and be heard on the impact of media sexism and stereotyping

7. Modernise Sex and Relationships Education so all young people can make informed decisions and stay safe

8. Guarantee that women will be equally represented in Parliament

These are big demands ( #5 worries me from a censorship point-of-view, and applying #8 could have some unintended consequences) but I can’t think of another time that the 104-year-old organization, or any of its international versions, has directly addressed politicians with such a powerful agenda.


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“You Don’t Say” campaign addresses problematic language

Posted by Tom Megginson | 27-04-2014 14:17 | Category: Gender issues

You Don’t Say Campaign is a collaboration between a student group named Think Before You Talk and the Blue Devils United athletics program at Duke University in North Carolina, USA. The campaign seeks to raise awareness around the misuse of language that relates to the LGBTQ community and gender issues.

The “You Don’t Say Campaign” is a collaboration between a student group named Think Before You Talk and the Blue Devils United athletics program at Duke University in North Carolina, USA.

You Don’t Say Campaign is a collaboration between a student group named Think Before You Talk and the Blue Devils United athletics program at Duke University in North Carolina, USA. The campaign seeks to raise awareness around the misuse of language that relates to the LGBTQ community and gender issues.

According to their Facebook Page:

The “You Don’t Say Campaign” seeks to raise awareness around the misuse of language that relates to the LGBTQ community and gender issues. These words dehumanize and marginalize many within the Duke community and beyond and it is important to understand why.

Our Goal: Foster dialogue on the intersection of language and gender and sexual identities.

Words mean something. Think Before You Talk.

The campaign takes a poster format, but beyond campus the captioned photographs are a perfect match for social media. I’m not thrilled by the photography, which could have been much more striking, but the student models certainly have their hearts in it. It’s good to see youth take responsibility for the social implications of the words their peers use so casually.

See more examples below:


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Street art against street harassment #STWTS

Posted by Tom Megginson | 11-03-2014 18:34 | Category: Gender issues

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“Stop Telling Women to Smile” is a street art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. She says the work “attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces.”

“The project consists of a series of portraits of women, she explains, “women who I have sat talked with about their experiences with harassment. The portraits are designed into posters, including text that is inspired by the subject’s experiences. And then I wheat paste.”

The project started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012, and will gradually include many cities and many women participants. The picture above is of the artist in LA. Below, you’ll see more of her work:


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Documenting the reality of online harassment

Posted by Tom Megginson | 31-01-2014 15:28 | Category: Media

Lindsay Bottos - Documenting the reality of online harassment.

Lindsay Bottos is a 21-year-old Photography student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. As part of her evolving artistic expression,  she posts a lot of self-portraits online.

While “selfies” get a little tired, serious self-portraits of the vulnerable artist have been part of our visual vocabulary since the Renaissance, and reached a fascinating peak in the 20th Century.

In the 21st Century, however, personal artistic expression is seen as an invitation to make anonymous personal attacks on the artist, via social media. It’s actually a grave threat to the development of our artistic futures, as real critics and public discussion have been shouted out by immature and cruel trolls.

Lindsay Bottos - Documenting the reality of online harassment.

Ms. Bottos has chosen to face the trolls in her own way, by producing a whole series of self-portraits embellished with the worst comments she receives on them via Tumblr.


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#NotBuyingIt… the App

Posted by Tom Megginson | 28-01-2014 18:28 | Category: Media

Miss Representation #NotBuyingIt app

#NotBuyingIt is the hashtag used by the social media feeds for Miss Representation (both the film and the movement) to call out sexism in advertising and media. And now, it’s an App as well.

Available for iPhone, it allows users to “create, join and win campaigns against sexism in the media.”


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