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20YearsofData,1YearLater:Whereareweongenderequality?ByChelseaClinton

Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation
over 3 years Story
20 Years of Data, 1 Year Later: Where are we on gender equality? By Chelsea Clinton

There has never been a better time in human history to be born female. And yet, today, we know that girls and women make up the majority of the world’s undereducated and uneducated and remain the world’s biggest source of untapped potential. In 2016, it’s still true that in no country on earth are women given equal rights and equal opportunities – to education, to health care, to equal pay for equal work – to men.

This time last year, on International Women’s Day, informed by the data on the Clinton Foundation’s NoCeilings.org and released in the Full Participation Report, in partnership with the Gates Foundation, a group of women and men from across the world came together to tell the world that we are “not there” on issues of gender equality. We saw women symbolically disappear from videos, radio, social media, magazine covers, and some of the biggest billboards in Times Square.

If you weren’t with us last year, let’s review. No Ceilings compiled more than 850,000 data points to reveal good news and not-so-good news about the gains women had made over the past two decades, and the staggering gaps that still remain. For example, we know from the data that today, girls and boys are entering primary school at equal rates, maternal mortality has nearly halved, and more constitutions than ever are protecting women’s rights. 

But we also know that gender gaps persist. We see it when we look at enrollment and completion rates for middle and high school; in reports showing that over 800 women a day still die due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications; in the fact that gender-based violence remains a global epidemic; and from the reality that women’s labor force participation has stagnated over 20 years. We also know we’ve lost ground in some areas; for example, women in the U.S. earn a smaller share of computer science degrees today than they did in the 1980s, and the maternal mortality rate in the United States has actually gone up since 1995. Globally, progress in the areas of health and child marriage have been uneven, particularly among poor, rural and marginalized girls and women. We can and must do more to change this.

Over the course of the last year, we’ve also seen incredible progress and continued momentum in the effort to advance gender equality worldwide. From the incomparable Malala Yousafzai who opened a school for young Syrian refugee girls to women now holding coaching positions in the NFL and NBA, we are making progress. For the first time, through the “State of the World’s Fathers” report, we have a clear data-driven snapshot of the critical role men play in parenting and caregiving; and for the first time in history, Saudi women can now vote and run for office. In the newly globally adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 ambitious and essential goals to address our most pressing global challenges and build a better future, there is a clear recognition of the role that gender equity plays in achieving goals as diverse as combating climate change and defeating poverty. Equally as inspiring are the incredible advocates and ceiling breakers who are speaking out, achieving at new heights, and working to improve not only their lives, but the lives of everyone around them.

This idea drives so much of our own work at the Clinton Foundation, and especially our annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which will kick off next month. Each year at CGI U, emerging young leaders from around the world gather together to discuss the challenges facing their communities and develop commitments-to-action to address those challenges. Every year, we see remarkable CGI U commitments tackling gender inequities here in the U.S. and around the world. For example, Hafsah Lak is a University of Chicago student who is attending this year’s CGI 2016 meeting with a plan to provide desperately needed protection and health care to female survivors of violence in her home country of Pakistan. As part of her commitment, Hafsah will also work to increase the conviction rate against perpetrators of gender-based violence, as well as provide critical resources to empower women and successfully reintegrate women who have suffered gender-based violence into society.

Today, more than ever, we have the roadmap to equality, the data-driven case to support it, and continuing momentum to achieve it. It’s about all of us building toward a more equitable future, together. International Women’s Day shouldn’t be over on March 8th – or forgotten just a week later –so let’s each commit to working together to stay informed and working toward a world in which every girl and woman – no matter where she’s born – has the opportunity to live up to her full potential.  Our future depends on it.


Chelsea Clinton is Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. To learn more about their No Ceilings initiative, visit www.NoCeilings.org, and with #CeilingBreakers.



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  • Morgan RM 67
    almost 2 years ago

    Chelsea, we're leveraging Virtual Reality to combat sexual assault and sexual harassment through training simulations. We focus on identifying and changing bias and stigma, response training, bystander intervention (passive and active), and on identifying sexual harassment and sexual assault. Our crowdfunding campaign is linked below, but we would love to get you involved. Email me at [email protected] if you're interested! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/immersive-education-to-stop-sexual-harassment-film-technology/x/17365789#/

    Chelsea, we're leveraging Virtual Reality to combat sexual assault and sexual harassment through training simulations. We focus on identifying and changing bias and stigma, response training, bystander intervention (passive and active), and on identifying sexual harassment and sexual assault. Our crowdfunding campaign is linked below, but we would love to get you involved. Email me at [email protected] if you're interested! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/immersive-education-to-stop-sexual-harassment-film-technology/x/17365789#/

  • over 2 years ago

    Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone! 通博娛樂城 http://2da016.as5168.net

    Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 40 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone! 通博娛樂城 http://2da016.as5168.net

  • Noushin Kananian 11
    over 3 years ago

    All the best Chelsea!

    All the best Chelsea!

  • JOUZGE
    JOUZGE Mogul Influencer. Entrepreneur. Cultivator of JOUZGE.
    over 3 years ago Madison, WI, United States

    "...every girl and woman – no matter where she’s born – has the opportunity to live up to her full potential. Our future depends on it." What an inspirational quote and empowering post, Chelsea. Thank you for this.

    "...every girl and woman – no matter where she’s born – has the opportunity to live up to her full potential. Our future depends on it." What an inspirational quote and empowering post, Chelsea. Thank you for this.

  • The Women's Debate
    The Women's Debate Nonpartisan Campaign to Elevate Women's Issues
    over 3 years ago United States

    Thank you, Chelsea. We join you in calling for a united effort to address issues that affect women and girls, like economic disparity, education, affordable health care, domestic violence, institutionalized gender discrimination, and sexual exploitation online and in the media (and oh so many more). These issues deserve to be part of the national conversation, particularly during this election cycle. Equality, the accessibility of health care, and the right to safe and just recourse when confronted with violence and sexual exploitation must become reality for all women. Moguls: please check out www.womensdebate.org to add your voice.

    Thank you, Chelsea. We join you in calling for a united effort to address issues that affect women and girls, like economic disparity, education, affordable health care, domestic violence, institutionalized gender discrimination, and sexual exploitation online and in the media (and oh so many more). These issues deserve to be part of the national conversation, particularly during this election cycle. Equality, the accessibility of health care, and the right to safe and just recourse when confronted with violence and sexual exploitation must become reality for all women. Moguls: please check out www.womensdebate.org to add your voice.

  • Samir Goel
    Samir Goel Co-Founder Transfernation | LinkedIn | Consultant and Public Speaker
    over 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Chelsea, what a wonderfully written and inspirational piece. I'm so glad to see the transformative effect initiatives like NoCeilings have had in furthering the case for gender equality and building moment around creating real change. Keep up the incredible work.

    Chelsea, what a wonderfully written and inspirational piece. I'm so glad to see the transformative effect initiatives like NoCeilings have had in furthering the case for gender equality and building moment around creating real change. Keep up the incredible work.

  • Elizabeth Orley
    Elizabeth Orley Digital Marketing Business Owner, Household Engineer, Gluten Free Master & Mogul Global Ambassador
    over 3 years ago Ohio, United States

    Great Article Chelsea. I was very excited to see this.

    Great Article Chelsea. I was very excited to see this.

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    over 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Chelsea and Hillary Clinton are such amazing supporters or women and gender equality pay. Love it!

    Chelsea and Hillary Clinton are such amazing supporters or women and gender equality pay. Love it!

  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    over 3 years ago New York, NY, USA

    Chelsea, thank you for your beautiful insights into how we can better band together to fight gender inequality. Our team at Mogul is proud to support the Clinton Foundation and the UN on your respective initiatives to create greater parity between men and women's rights, especially through CGI U and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, and we look forward to spreading the word further to women worldwide.

    Chelsea, thank you for your beautiful insights into how we can better band together to fight gender inequality. Our team at Mogul is proud to support the Clinton Foundation and the UN on your respective initiatives to create greater parity between men and women's rights, especially through CGI U and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, and we look forward to spreading the word further to women worldwide.

  • Juli
    Juli 🙀
    over 3 years ago Brooklyn, NY, United States

    Chelsea you rock!!! <3

    Chelsea you rock!!! <3

  • Talia M.
    Talia M. Mogul Global Ambassador
    over 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    A wonderful wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing Chelsea!

    A wonderful wonderful post. Thank you so much for sharing Chelsea!

  • Klaudia Amenábar
    Klaudia Amenábar 👑 mEmE QuEen 👑
    over 3 years ago Night Vale

    🙌🏻 Praise hands emojis to you, Chelsea, I have no words.

    🙌🏻 Praise hands emojis to you, Chelsea, I have no words.

  • Bernadyn
    Bernadyn Community Member
    over 3 years ago Gainesville, FL, United States

    Agreed, it shouldn't be over on March 8th! Thanks for this empowering message and for the helpful data to continue to encourage women everywhere.

    Agreed, it shouldn't be over on March 8th! Thanks for this empowering message and for the helpful data to continue to encourage women everywhere.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    over 3 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Chelsea, you are such an inspiration to our Mogul team. Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful, thorough and insightful post. You are so right that IWD shouldn't just be one day, and we hope through our efforts here at Mogul, we will empower women across the world each day via access to information and knowledge.

    Chelsea, you are such an inspiration to our Mogul team. Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful, thorough and insightful post. You are so right that IWD shouldn't just be one day, and we hope through our efforts here at Mogul, we will empower women across the world each day via access to information and knowledge.


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