“Not There Yet” Clinton Foundation Releases ‘No Ceilings’ Report On Gender Equality

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Will she or won’t she? The question still remains whether former first lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016. In the meantime she sure is making what would be one hell of a campaign run-up.

At a recent Silicon Valley conference, Hillary spoke of the important of breaking every last glass ceiling for women. She argued the need for greater economic opportunities for women and said this starts with key initiatives such as wage equality and maternity leave.

Hey everyone just a heads up, the United States is the ONLY industrialized nation in the world which doesn’t have a workforce that supports maternity or paternity leave. Just let that sink in for a moment…

Ok moving on. Now that you know how ridiculous this is, you might be a little more understanding as to why people like Hillary Clinton and many others are continuously talking about the damn thing. Maternity leave isn’t just a women’s issue anymore. With the rise of stay-at-home dads, and the increased pressure to reduce the wage gap, it has become a key human rights issue in America, and could possibly be one of Hillary’s key agendas should she choose to run for office.

“We have to restore economic growth with rising wages for the vast majority of Americans, and we have to restore trust and cooperation within our political system so that we can act like the great country we are,”said Hillary to a room of 5000 women in Silicon Valley late February.

When a workforce is solely dependent on one gender, we have a major problem. When people continually deny there is a wage gap, the problem is getting worse, no solved. Many women do not have job security in America thanks to the lack of maternity leave, and are sometimes forced to choose between motherhood and a career. It is an unfair situation and can be adequately solved with parental leave. It gives women an incentive to want to come back, and prevents companies from spending millions of dollars annually in hiring and training new employees.

“We all cheered at Patricia Arquette’s speech at the Oscars because she’s right,” Hillary continued. “It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. In so many ways, our economy still seems to be operating like it’s 1955. If we want to find our balance again, we have to figure out how to make this new economy work for everyone.”

One of the major industries facing gender disparity is the tech world so it was quite fitting for Hillary to speak on this issue in front of that crowd.

“You bump your heads on the glass ceilings that persist in the tech industry,” she said, noting that fewer science and technology graduates are women today than in the 1980s. “We are going backwards in a field that is supposed to be all about moving forward.”

Of course the question of running for the presidency came up, and Hillary did not give a firm yes or no, but outlined what she would do to unite democrats and republicans if she took the job.

“I’d like to bring people from right, left, red, blue, get them into a nice, warm purple space where everybody’s talking, where we’re actually trying to solve problems. That would be my objective if I decide to do this.”

Her passion lies in creating an America that is more equal going forward, and there is certainly no one more equipped to do this. In a bid to crack those remaining glass ceilings, Hillary, her daughter Chelsea and the Clinton Foundation have teamed up with billionaire humanitarian Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation on an initiative called “No Ceilings: Full Participation Project“.

They want to see the full participation of women and girls in all areas of public life in America and around the world.

“Today, persistent stereotypes and barriers keep women from equal access, representation, and compensation in our communities and around the world. No Ceilings is convening global partners to build a data-driven evaluation of the progress women and girls have made and the challenges that remain to help chart the path forward to full participation in the 21st century,” says the campaign home page.

“Despite progress over the last several decades, women and girls remain the majority of the world’s unhealthy, unfed, and unpaid.”

Their want their research and data to be accompanied by open dialog which they are encouraging from everyone in order to best achieve plans that serve the people.

In conjunction with the report both foundations released a super cool video campaign called “Not There Yet” which featured billboards and magazine covers erased of their female stars. Amy Poehler, Cameron Diaz, Jenny Slate and more talked about how although it seems as if the world is an equal place, we have not reached complete 50/50 gender equality yet:

“We are taking a collective stand that full participation for women and girls anywhere and everywhere remains the unfinished business of the 21st century,” Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton said in a statement.

“By knowing the facts and what has worked and hasn’t worked to advance gender equality, we can accelerate the pace of change for women and girls — both at home and around the world.”

During the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2014, the No Ceilings initiative was first launched, alongside the CHARGE girls education initiative started by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Hillary.

The emphasis on research and study by Melinda Gates, whose Gates Foundation annually releases reports on the work they are doing around the world in order to enlighten people about the need for greater economic and social equality in developing countries, was highlighted as a precursor to change.

“Data instructs where and how you work. You have to have data to know where you’re making progress,” she said.

On March 9, the first No Ceilings report was officially released, which you can read by clicking here.

The initiative marks an important step toward gender equality around the world, as areas such as economic empowerment and wage equality are no longer just a “women’s issue”, but a vital part of growing a country’s economy.

And getting it down to basics, it is about creating a world that young girls can grow up in knowing they don’t have to fight for equality their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers had to.

“What kind of world is going to be there waiting for her? It is a world of hope or fear? A world of possibility or shrunken, destroyed dreams? I don’t know,” said Clinton in her speech in Silicon Valley.

We’re counting on the No Ceilings initiative to be the spark that creates change going forward in order for girls to live in a world full of possibilities.

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