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This online tool-kit will help you to take a stand for women and girls. Together, with thousands of small and large actions, we shall actively work to shift social norms, change policies and practices, and empower people to fight for the rights and progress of women. 
Take Action Fighting for Women & Girls
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Just forwarded a tweet someone shared about equal pay day for Latinx women #Fight4Women #TakeAction

Hi - I registered to vote so that I can use my voice in politics #Fight4Women #TakeAction

I told my children that a scene in a movie was sexist...raising the next generation! #Fight4Women #Fight4Girls

Every 2 minutes, a woman is assaulted in the United States, we need to stop this from happening! #Fight4Women

I volunteered to help coach and empower young girls to be leaders! #Fight4Girls #TakeAction

I use my voice and speak up where I live, work, and play. #Fight4Women

I brought up gender inequality at the dinner table today. #Fight4Women #TakeAction

I asked if we could promote more women within my organization. I will keep asking. #Fight4Women #TakeAction

I talked about my salary with my co-workers. #Fight4Women #TakeAction

Just sent a letter to a clothing brand asking why girls’ shorts are always so much shorter than boys. #Fight4Girls #TakeAction

I talk about healthy relationships with all my friends. #Fight4Women

At work, I recognize people for their achievements rather than their style. #Fight4Women
Actions you can take today!
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#Hashtags to use on social media
Significant Statistics
On Girls’ Education:
  • Educating a girl makes a difference. Depending on the level of schooling, every additional year of education increases a young woman’s earning power between 20% and 90% over her lifetime.
  • Only 49 per cent of countries have achieved gender parity in primary education. At the secondary level, the gap widens: 42 per cent of countries have achieved gender parity in lower secondary education, and 24 per cent in upper secondary education.
  • The costs to countries of not educating girls is between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in lost lifetime productivity and earnings.
  • If just 10% more adolescent girls attend school, on average a country’s GDP will increase by 3%.
  • Gender-equitable education systems empower girls and boys and promote the development of life skills – like self-management, communication, negotiation and critical thinking – that young people need to succeed. They close skills gaps that perpetuate pay gaps, and build prosperity for entire countries.
  • In the U.S., women with a bachelor’s degree earn about double the wages of their co-workers without a college education
  • In Kenya, girls who received free school uniforms were less likely to get married, become pregnant, or drop out of school.
  • Eighty percent of women executives at Fortune 500 companies have been active in sports.
On Women in the Economy:
  • Globally, if women participated in their economies at the same level as men, GDP would increase by $12 to $28 trillion
  • Women hold only 24% of senior corporate roles in the U.S. Only 7% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and less than 1% are Black women.
  • Companies with more women on executive committees had a 47% greater return on equity than those companies with no women on these committees.
  • Firms with more women senior managers recognize a financial performance benefit of up to 15%.
  • Companies with more women on boards have better environmental performance, being 60% more likely to reduce energy consumption
  • Globally, women earn 77% of what men earn -- these lower wages mean less money for day-to-day needs, savings, emergencies, and retirement
  • In the U.S., women earn 80% of what white men earn
  • In the U.S., Black women earn 66% of what white men earn
  • In the U.S., Hispanic women earn 60% of what white men earn.
  • COVID has hit women hard. Women make up 39% of global employment but account for 54% of COVID related job loss. Global GDP could drop by $1 trillion.
  • If American women earned minimum wage for their unpaid work, collectively their wages would amount to $1.5 trillion a year.
  • Globally, the unpaid work women do caring for others represents $10.9 trillion, if paid at minimum wage. This translates to between 10% and almost 40% of a country’s GDP, a greater contribution to the economy than the manufacturing, commerce, or transportation sectors.
  • When the COVID pandemic made oral entrance exams impossible, women’s admission rates to a prestigious postgraduate school jumped 16% when based entirely on a blind, written test
  • Startups founded by women are 20% more likely to generate revenue, and have a 35% higher return on investment than those founded by men.
  • In 2017, however, only 2% of venture funding went to women-led startups.
  • For every 100 men promoted or hired to a managerial position, only 72 women are promoted or hired.
On Gender-related violence:
  • 80% of women who experience sexual harassment at work leave their jobs within 2 years (as opposed to 50% of women who leave their jobs within 2 years)
  • Companies lose $28k PER PERSON of those working on a team where sexual harassment takes place
  • Girls are much more likely than boys to be bullied at school
  • Social Media and ubiquity of cell phones has increased sexual harrassment
  • Sexting is increasingly common among teenagagers, often having negative long term health consequences for teens
  • In sub-saharan Africa, 40% of young women marry before the age of 18
  • Between 2000 and 2015, 200,000 women under 18 were married
  • The US there are no federal laws prohibiting child marriage
  • Only 2 states in the US have banned child marriage, Delaware in 2018 & NJ in 2019
  • FGM/C. Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision has no health benefits, while in Egypt, 96% of women between 45 and 49 years old have been cut by FGMC
  • 21 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking
On Politics:
  • Women are vastly underrepresented in public life. Women now hold only 25% of seats in the U.S. Congress and national legislatures around the world, an increase from 12% just 20 years ago.
  • Nevada is the first state in the U.S. where over half of the legislators are women. In 2021, Nevada’s legislature will be 60.3% women
  • Over half of the legislators in the Colorado House, the New Mexico House, the Oregon House, and the Rhode Island Senate will be women.
  • Overall, women will hold more than 30% of seats in state legislatures for the first time in U.S. history.
  • Beginning in 2021, all five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will be women. This board is considered the most powerful local government body in the country
  • At the current pace, it will take 145.5 years globally for women and men to achieve equal representation in political offices.
  • COVID has had a negative impact on these numbers. Before the pandemic, estimates were that it would take 99.5 years to close the global gap. In the U.S., it will take at least 60 years for women to achieve equal representation.
  • Countries with more women legislators have higher rates of childhood immunizations and infant- and child-survival rates, spend more on education as a percentage of GDP, and per capita are more likely to ratify environmental treaties and pass laws that empower women.
  • In 2016 women accounted for only 24% of guests featured during news coverage of foreign affairs and national security on major shows.
  • The leadership gender gap starts early. While 56% of US college students are women, only 40% of college student-body presidents are women.
  • Women who served as student-body presidents are 11% more likely to run for political office
  • 40% of women serving in the U.S. Congress were involved in student government.
  • Since 1960, only 73 women have ever served as head of state.
  • As of June 2019, 11 women are serving as heads of state and 12 are serving as heads of government (women comprise almost 6% of heads of government and 5% of heads of state).
  • In the Nordic States, 43.9% of parliamentarians are women
  • In the Americas, 31.3% of parliamentarians are women
  • In Europe overall, 29.9% of parliamentarians are women
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, 24.4% of parliamentarians are women
  • In Asia, 20% of parliamentarians are women
  • In the Pacific, 19.4% of parliamentarians are women
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, 16.6%of parliamentarians are women
On everything else:
  • Different groups of women are differently impacted by COVID pandemic. As of September 2020, 14% of women between the ages of 20 and 24 were unemployed, but those numbers were 27% for young Black women, and 17% for Latina women. At the same time, the unemployment rate for white men was 8%.
  • Asking questions makes a difference. Bellen Woodard asked for a skin-colored crayon and the default was peach. Because of her question everyone in her school started talking about skin color, and Bellen started a project supported by Crayola, to send kits of multicultural crayons to schools.
  • Asking questions makes a difference. Beginning in 2015, Salesforce reviewed its salary structure and possible gender pay gaps at the urging of then-President and Chief Personnel Officer Cindy Robbins. As a result, the CEO ordered the discrepancies be remedied. Subsequent studies found that 5% of Salesforce’s 35,000 global employees required pay adjustments; 39% of those employees were women, 54% were men, and 7% were employees of diverse race and ethnicity.
  • To date, there have been 603 Nobel Prizes awarded to 962 laureates. The number of women Nobel Laureates is 57.
  • Dr. Marie Curie is the only woman to be awarded two Nobel Prizes -- one in Physics and one in Chemistry.
  • Women spend at least twice as much time on unpaid care and domestic work than men do.
  • Women’s unpaid work comprises between 10% and 39% of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
  • In the U.S., on average, American women spend 2.5 hours a day on household tasks (men spend 1.9 hours) not including childcare.
  • Married American mothers spend almost twice as much time on housework and child care as do married fathers. In fact, these mothers spend more time on child care today than women did 50 years ago.

Press Release
International Day of the Girl
October 11, 2021

Each year in mid-October, International Day of the Girl is celebrated and acknowledges the contributions girls make in their communities as well as the bias they face on a daily basis. In conjunction with International Day of the Girl, Stephenie Foster is sharing a comprehensive resource on what each of us can do - large actions as well as small - to fight for women and girls. Whether you want to run for political office, secure equality in education, speak out against violence or merely talk about unfairness around your dinner table, this vital toolkit is a must read. Stephenie walks the reader through every step that leads to moving the needle towards a more equal world.

On this International Day of the Girl, Stephenie Foster is kicking off a campaign to share the actions you take (big or small). By stepping into your own voice and taking action on behalf of women and girls, share your action on social media using the hashtag #fight4women #fight4girls. The goal is to reach 2,021 actions by the end of the year.

Perhaps you asked your local store why they don’t carry a certain product for women, or you requested that femine hygiene products be offered free of charge, or maybe you decided to run for office, or registered to vote. Your voice matters and your actions matter. Stephenie is inviting everyone to highlight their actions to push for a more equal world.

In her book Take Action: Fighting for Women and Girls, Stephenie addresses the inequalities in education, economic opportunities and gender-based violence and politics. This is a vital resource to anyone looking to participate in fighting for women and girls.

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