By Kathleen McFadden
The second annual 50/50 Day took place on April 26 and was a huge success. Vision 2020 extends its congratulations to Let It Ripple, one of our Allied Organizations and the brains behind this global event.
Because of Let It Ripple’s hard work, vision and passion for gender equality, 50/50 Day was even bigger than last year: more than 36,000 live events in companies, schools, museums and homes in 62 countries, with people tapping in online from nearly all 195 countries worldwide, resulting in 700,000 views of livestream programming (including a feature of yours truly from Vision 2020’s event in Philadelphia!)
Speaking of Philadelphia, here are a few highlights from Vision 2020’s 50/50 Day event:
- We held a complimentary happy hour with more than 100 Philadelphians who all came out to show their support of gender equality. (Many thanks to Duane Morris LLP for providing a perfect space for this gathering and for their in-kind support of this event!)
- We again collaborated with the office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to have City Council designate the date as 50/50 Day throughout Philadelphia. Samantha Pearson from Councilwoman Reynolds Brown’s office joined us on 50/50 Day to present Vision 2020 with the official resolution.
- We screened the 20-minute “50/50” film and then held a panel discussion on the topic of shared leadership among women and men in business and government. The panel was moderated by WHYY’s Jennifer Lynn and featured the following panelists: Jovida Hill, Executive Director at the Philadelphia Commission for Women; Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Liz Murphy, Senior Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs at PECO; and Joseph West, Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Duane Morris LLP. It’s impossible to pick a favorite moment from the panel because all our speakers were tremendous; two points that come to mind are:
- Joseph West described the difference between “diversity” and “inclusion.” Diversity is the workforce—the mix of people that an organization hires. Inclusion is the workplace, which means making sure that every voice in the company feels authentically included, welcomed, empowered and has a seat at the table.
- In closing the panel, Jennifer Lynn asked each speaker to answer “What will it take to reach gender equality?” Jovida Hill’s response was “Everyone in this room.”
So, now that 50/50 Day 2018 has ended, what can we all do to create positive change before next year’s 50/50 Day? Here are three simple steps we encourage you to take to keep the momentum going:
- Watch “Why I Pledge 50/50.” This 4-minute film was developed by the same studio that created the 20-minute “50/50” film we screened last week. “Why I Pledge 50/50” looks at what it would look like to have a more gender-balanced world across all parts of society, and what each of us can do to get there.
- Take the 50/50 Action Pledge. Using the 50/50 Action Pledge Tool, found at whyipledge5050.org, you can commit to an action that will help move the needle to a more gender-balanced world. The site offers 50 specific, tangible things you can do—whether you’re a CEO, a parent, a student, an educator, anyone. All genders, all races, all ages. It also offers resources to help you realize your pledge(s).
- Download the 50/50 Day Gender Equality Toolkit. Created by Let It Ripple and the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, this toolkit offers a step-by-step guide on how to bring greater equity to your city government or organization.
50/50 Day asks us to imagine a world that’s gender-balanced. Let’s take action to make that vision a reality.