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"Favorite City on Earth": Refinery29 Recognizes Philadelphia for Vision 2020 50/50 Day Resolution

Posted on May 17, 2017
Blondell Reynolds Brown and Lynn Yeakel

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presented Vision 2020's Lynn Yeakel with a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia that proclaimed May 10, 2017 as 50/50 Day.

As part of 50/50 Day in Philadelphia, Vision 2020 teamed up with Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown of Philadelphia City Council. The councilwoman, who participated on a panel of business and government leaders, brought with her an official resolution proclaiming May 10 as 50/50 Day throughout Philadelphia
 the only major U.S. city to make such a declaration.

Soon after the Vision 2020 event, Refinery29, a global online media outlet, published an article about the Resolution: Here's Why This City Proclaimed Today 50/50 Day. The cherry on top was a follow-up piece in which Refinery29 stated that Philadelphia became its "favorite city on Earth" by officially declaring May 10 as 50/50 Day.

Scroll below to read the city council resolution in full.

City of Philadelphia

RESOLUTION No. 170407

Recognizing May 10, 2017 as “50/50 Day” in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, Vision 2020 is a national coalition of individuals and organizations working to
achieve economic, political, and social equality in the United States; and

WHEREAS, Headquartered in the City of Philadelphia at Drexel University’s Institute for
Women’s Health and Leadership, Vision 2020 connects, convenes and communicates
around the unfinished business of women’s equality; and

WHEREAS, As a national ally of Vision 2020, Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker
and founder of The Webby Awards and her team at Let it Ripple Film Studio, created
“50/50 Day”, a global day of film screenings, discussions, and action around gender equality
in leadership; and

WHEREAS, On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Vision 2020 will commence the first 50/50 Day
in the City of Philadelphia. Vision 2020 and its 50/50 Day participants will join thousands of
organizations, companies, schools, museums, libraries, and homes in a global conversation
about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society:
business, politics, culture, and home; and

WHEREAS, Women account for more than 50% of the U.S. population, yet make up less
than 6% percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Women hold fewer than 20% of board
seats at those companies and hold fewer than 20% of the seats in Congress; and

WHEREAS, As part of the day, Vision 2020’s 50/50 Day celebration will include a
screening of the film, “50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power”,
followed by a panel discussion with some of the City’s leading business and government
executives. Speakers will explore topics related to the importance of shared leadership
among men and women; and

WHEREAS, One of the centerpieces of 50/50 Day is the film, “50/50: Rethinking the Past,
Present & Future of Women + Power”, directed by Tiffany Shlain. The film examines the
10,000-year history of women and power, and what it is going to take to get to 50/50
equality; and

WHEREAS, 50/50 Day is based on the model of the annual Character Day, which had over
93,000 events in 125 countries and all 50 states in 2016. To date, 50/50 Day currently has
more than 8,000 events planned in 42 U.S. states and 36 countries; and

WHEREAS, 50/50 Day is about bringing the conversation about the benefits of gender
equality to where change needs to happen, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That we hereby
recognize May 10, 2017, as 50/50 Day in the City of Philadelphia,

FURTHER RESOLVED, That an Engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to Lynn H.
Yeakel, Founder and President of Vision 2020 at Drexel University’s Institute for Women’s
Health and Leadership, as evidence of the sincere sentiments of this legislative body.

CERTIFICATION: This is a true and correct copy of the original Resolution,
Adopted by the Council of the City of Philadelphia on the twenty-seventh of April,
2017.