Winning in the brand new Glass Lions category, which was created in partnership with Sheryl Sandberg’s organization Lean In, the award recognizes work that rejects stereotypes and confronts prejudice and inequality through the conscious portrayal of gender in advertising.
WATCH SHERYL SANDBERG TALK ABOUT THE GLASS LION HERE AND WATCH THE #LIKEAGIRL CAMPAIGN HERE.
While gender equality is still a distant goal, writer Jill Castellano shows how social media, hashtags in particular, is helping the world to bridge the distance. Her fact-substantiated and impassioned story on Forbes.com lists the most viral feminist hashtag campaigns in the past year that have magnified “calls for gender equality across the globe”.
“Feminist hashtag campaigns are a vehicle to unite millions of people behind the goal of gender equality that earlier generations could barely have imagined,” Castellano concludes, “With the almighty hashtag, everyone and anyone can be an activist and a supporter.”
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE AND READ ABOUT EMMA WATSON’S #HEFORSHE CAMPAIGN HERE.
Masculinity was an equally challenging topic. “Unless we redefine what it is to be a man, things aren’t going to change. Is a real man a protector or someone who goes and beats people up?” he asked, adding that rigid gender roles should be abandoned and male sensitivity encouraged. “You cannot raise a boy telling him not to cry. You are in effect distancing him from emotion and then you are surprised when he grows up and beats his wife.”
“The balance of power in India needs to change. Unless conviction becomes swift, certain things are not going to change and as a society we have to shun the rapist and hold the survivor close.”
READ THE FULL CONVERSATION HERE AND READ ABOUT MOXIE MEDIA AT LAST YEAR’S WOMEN IN THE WORLD SUMMIT HERE.
The Clinton Foundation made prominent American women, including TV show host Padma Lakshmi, actor Scarlett Johansson and cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, vanish from billboards, bus shelters and magazine covers on March 8. The Not There campaign, created in collaboration with advertising agency Droga5, was designed to draw attention to the Foundation’s No Ceiling’s initiative, using media platforms to present the idea that women are “not there” yet in terms of equality.
Star Sports India released a video ode to the country’s sportswomen with #CheckOutMyGame, which featured champions like boxer Mary Kom and badminton player Saina Nehwal. Opening with the question “You want to check out my game?”, a play on the line commonly used by men who objectify women, the video then makes the viewer shift focus to the sportswomen’s athletic prowess.
“Purpose-driven marketing campaigns have taken off in recent years, as companies look for new ways to connect with their consumers,” said Jim Stengel in New York Times, former CMO at Procter & Gamble. #futureisfemale is the trending topic that creates the strongest connect.
READ MORE ABOUT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION’S CAMPAIGN HERE AND PANTENE’S SORRY, WE’RE NOT SORRY ADVERTISEMENT HERE
Moving forward from overt sexual innuendos and slapstick comedy, SuperBowl XLIX advertisements took a refreshingly serious turn this year by treating a range of somber subjects with inspiring messages of empowerment.
In addition to NO MORE, whose PSA we featured last week, UltraViolet also addressed the often sidelined subject of domestic violence. Their 15-second spot, with the hashtag #GoodellMustGo, singled out National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell who has been criticized for being an enabler of domestic violence within the football fraternity.
Feminine hygiene brand Always instigated a viral conversation around women’s empowerment by asking viewers to redefine antiquated connotations associated with the phrase #LikeAGirl, while Toyota starred world-class snowboarder and 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist Amy Purdy conquering the streets, slopes and dance floor to the triumphant words of Muhammad Ali.
Toyota’s second ad in the same series highlighted the importance of a father’s influence on the choices his children make, a sentiment echoed by Dove For Men, who payed tribute to loving dads at all stages of life.
Spotlighting technology, Coca-Cola tackled digital bullying and Internet trolls with #MakeItHappy, while Microsoft introduced the world to Estella Pyfrom, a remarkable woman who uses her ‘Brilliant Bus’ to empower young, underprivileged students by giving them access to digital resources and jubilant affirmations.
Why all the seriousness amidst a celebratory atmosphere? Because “marketers are trying to win over Millennials”, advertising executives tell The Wall Street Journal, “who researchers suggest are more likely to be drawn to brands that have a history of giving back to their communities.”
WATCH MORE SUPER BOWL XLIX ADVERTISEMENTS HERE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT PANTENE’S #SHINESTRONG CAMPAIGN HERE
NO MORE’s gripping PSA for the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl is reportedly based on a true story, which went viral on Reddit last year. A former 911 dispatcher recalled taking a call from a woman who pretended to order a pizza in order to get police to respond to her home without alerting her abuser. After reenacting the call, the 60-second spot ends with the compelling words: “When it’s hard to talk, it’s up to us to listen.”
This isn’t the first collaboration between the NFL and No More; previously they created a series of PSAs titled “Speechless,” which featured football players emoting over domestic violence. No More Director Virginia Witt told Rolling Stone, “We hope thisNo More PSA will bring Americans together—on a day families and friends spend together—in the effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault.”
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NO MORE’S CAMPAIGN HERE AND WATCH EMMA WATSON LAUNCH THE HEFORSHE CAMPAIGN HERE
With the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon drawing many female runners last weekend, from the Ethiopian winning trio to actor/activist Gul Panag and pâtissier Pooja Dhingra, the Sport England ‘This Girl Can’ campaign inspires women to stop worrying about their looks and take up a sport, irrespective of their shape or size. With clever, motivating catchphrases like “I jiggle, therefore I am”, “Hot and not bothered” and “Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox,” the campaign makes sweat sexy.
Cosmopolitan UK raises awareness about honor killings with their shocking special-edition February 2015 magazine cover depicting seventeen year-old British-Pakistani Shafilea Ahmed’s horrific murder by suffocation. Designed by award-winning agency Leo Burnett Change in partnership with Karma Nirvana, a UK-based charity helping victims of honor-based violence, the magazine cover seeks to spread awareness and inspire change, with the ripping of the plastic encasement signifying women “breaking free” from violence.
At Moxie we’re known for creating and popularizing two hashtags that describe our work and passion with precision: #futureisdigital and my personal favorite, #futureisfemale. Looking back on an incredible year and preparing for another with both gratitude and unbridled enthusiasm, we are so proud of the hard-earned milestones that have punctuated 2014, many of which were born from a very powerful [digital + women's empowerment] equation that continues to define who and what this agency is and does.
In January of this year, we featured inspiring stories about superhero(ine) women Sara Blakely, Fatima Bhutto and Angela Ahrendts on our blog Moxie Insider and Brown Paper Bag launched their Photo Trail series with my Instagram images, which hold clues to the #futureisgreen food project we’re preparing to launch in 2015. Nokia empowered us to take our national Women in Media panel series and Moxie Mentorship program to Social Media Week Bangalore in February, during which time our panelists sparked an international furor amongst feminists on social media that resulted in articles in both Huffington Post and Firstpost.
In one of the most thought-provoking viral videos of the year, “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism” daringly challenges preconceived notions of gender roles. The video was produced by FCKH8, a for-profit apparel company and social change movement with T-shirts that act as billboards and some of whose most ardent supporters include celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Glee’s Jane Lynch, Zac Efron and more.
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