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The British edition of the fashion magazine Elle launched a new campaign to highlight how few women are in a position to exert influence and make decisions, even the kind that affect women (which is to say: all decisions).
The magazine cleverly compiled a video showing how rare it is for women to outnumber men in government and other areas of power by digitally editing out the men.
It's pretty stark.
The lack of visibly powerful women is a global problem, but especially pronounced/depressing in countries like the U.S. and the U.K., where we think we have a handle on feminism but can't find a lot of evidence at the highest levels—certainly not where many feel we should be in the year 2015.
Elle wrote in a statement accompanying the video that "Smart, successful women are too often portrayed as one-offs: fierce individualists concerned with their own success. The story of how women in positions of strength continually support and empower each other is consistently ignored while the myth that we pit ourselves against each other perpetuates. We want to change this narrative in our Feminism issue and create a more positive conversation—to reflect the power of women, and to support and grow each other as we push for global equality."
The monthly #MoreWomen campaign kicked off with this video:
The images are stark. Women like the Queen of England, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.N. special envoy Emma Watson and Hillary Clinton sit almost completely alone post-Photoshop. In the preceding images, these women were practically hidden by the crush of men surrounding them.
As a part oft he campaign, they have sled powerful groups of women to put up an image of their group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including the caption, "One woman's success makes EVERY WOMAN STRONGER. More women for #morewomen #ELLEFeminism."