Gender Equality Campaign Erases Women From Billboards and Print Ads

Clinton Foundation teams with brands

Despite a longstanding effort to get women's rights on par with men's, women hold 58 percent fewer executive positions than men in Italy. And in Croatia and Argentina, 42 percent of women have fewer top-level jobs than men, according to new research from the Clinton Foundation.

To coincide with International Women's Day on Sunday, the Clinton Foundation (an initiative spearheaded by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton) released data that looks at how women's equality has changed since 1995 as part of its No Ceilings initiative. Back in 1995, Hillary Clinton sparked the research during the U.N.'s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. While the research shows that women's rights are catching up to men's, there is still work to do.

This weekend the foundation launched a campaign with Droga5 that underscores the fact women "still aren't there" in gender equality. Unilever, iHeartMedia, Beats by Dre, Simon & Schuster, Kate Spade, the New York City Ballet, Under Armour, H&M, Zalla Pilates, Diane von Furstenberg, Snapchat and Condé Nast all teamed up with the organization with creative content that literally wiped women away.

For example, Kate Spade released billboards in New York last week for its spring 2015 campaign featuring fashion model Karlie Kloss sitting on a park bench.

But on Friday, the brand replaced its billboards on 45th Street and the West Side Highway, and in Times Square with an almost identical picture of an empty park bench. The Web address not-there.org replaces Kloss—directing viewers to the No Ceilings campaign hub.

Check out the video below to see how other brands activated the campaign on billboards and on print ads.

"Empowering women is really at the core of our DNA—back in 1993 Kate Spade was frustrated that she couldn't find what women were looking for in the marketplace, so she took matters into her own hands and formed Kate Spade New York," said Mary Beech, Kate Spade's CMO.

Here are some other eye-opening findings from the Clinton Foundation's research:

  • Nine countries in the world (including the U.S.) don't provide paid maternity leave. The eight other countries are: Palau, Tonga, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Suriname.
  • In countries like Norway, the U.S. and India, women spend up to five extra hours on unpaid domestic work per day.
  • Globally, moms are 42 percent less likely to die of pregnancy complications than they were in 1995. • 71 percent of national constitutions entitle women to attend primary school, but only 32 percent protect the right to attend middle and high school.
  • One in three women suffer from physical violence, even though 76 out of the 100 countries studied have laws against domestic violence. 
  • In developing countries, 200 million fewer women than men have access to the Internet.

Credits

Client: The Clinton Foundation

Campaign: Not There

Launch Date: March 8, 2015

Agency: Droga5 NY

Creative Chairman: David Droga

Vice Chairman: Andrew Essex

Chief Creative Officer: Ted Royer

Executive Creative Director: Kevin Brady

Creative Director: Casey Rand

Creative Director: Karen Land Short

Copywriter: Colin Lord

Art Director: Inna Kofman  

Chief Creation Officer: Sally-Ann Dale

Head of Broadcast Production: Ben Davies

Broadcast Producer: Verity Bullard

Head of Art Production: Cliff Lewis

Art Producer: Sharon Mendelow

Art Production Assistant: Robert Ohman

Photographer: Paul McGeiver

Executive Print Producer: Jeannie O’Toole

Senior Print Producer: Cindy Perez

Lead Production Artist: Chris Thomas

Retouchers: John Ciambriello

                    John Clendenon

                    Shari Alexander

                    Jessica Faller

                    Tomohisa Kinoshita

Quality Control Manager: Lisa Bishai