This month Elle released a 45 second film created by Alex Holder and Alyssa Boni retitled #MoreWomen, the video shows how rare it is for women to be leaders in male dominated industries by cutting all men out the picture.
Using the power of photoshop the film removes men from groups of leaders in politics, business, entertainment and the media reveling that there are far to few women in the game.
As much as I’d like to think a women can strive without her male counterpart, I hate to say it the results shown in this film are not only shocking but these women look lonely, yes lonely.
The #MoreWomen campaign which aims to insure more women are visible in powerful and male lead positions applied the photoshop treatment to photos from political boardrooms, the UN and Buckingham Palace in addition to BBC’s Question Time, Master Chef, Saturday Night Live and University Challenge.
You’ll notice from picture bellow that UK Parliament would look rather empty without men present; this is one of the many issues the campaign hopes to shed light on and potentially change.
The video aims to highlight how powerful and influential women often stand alone in their field, whether the field supports women or is male dominated these women are often viewed as the backbencher’s of their fields.
Elle’s cultural director Lena de Casparis wrote: “There are too many instances where women are represented by a single female. In business, music, art and media, women rarely outnumber men.”
“There is room for more of us at the top. One woman’s success makes every woman stronger.”
So should we have more women at the heart of politics, entertainment, business and the media? of course, there are no if’s or buts about it nor is this a matter that needs to be repetitively questioned by both sexes.
The imbalance is visible and we tend to forget that women make up more than half of our population yet women are hidden in the shadows of their male allies because were deemed the inferior sex.
Most believe this is due to women having a lack of ambition, interest and a can’t care less attitude toward the ugliness of the public political sphere. However, the reasons are more complex than we’d like think.
Some people don’t see what the big deal is. But others understand why this film is both shocking and important.
But women and their male allies are testing and putting together alternative ways to address the enormous gender imbalance in our government, media, entertainment and businesses the He For She campaign is one of many examples as well as Jenny Holzer’s long-lived 1980’s ‘Raise Boys and Girls the Same Way’ T-shirts from the series ‘Truisms T-shirts’ and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We should All Be Feminists’ which can only be seen as a gift that keeps on giving.
“ The problem with gender is that its prescribes how should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the wight of gender expectations.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We should All Be Feminists’.
We all know its going to take many years, centuries in fact for women to reach both a concuss and visible state of equality but that doesn’t mean we should give up or fight amongst ourselves.
The best way to get women at the forefront of these industries is to start from the grass roots up, this isn’t because there’s no hope for those over 18 but a girl is more likely to believe she can achieve that of her male counterpart if told throughout her childhood. Thus not only will she strive for as a women but also she will reach a somewhat level playing field with her male opponent.