Amy Poehler should be sitting on that stool. Here's why she's not.

A group of high-profile women highlight gender inequality in a clever way.

The Clinton Foundation's "No Ceilings" campaign released a star-studded video featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Cameron Diaz, Sienna Miller, and Padma Lakshmi to illustrate just a few of the many challenges women face in the fight for equality.

These women are taking a stand, saying that we simply aren't there yet.

Additionally, a number of magazines are missing their cover girls. Brands ranging from Vogue to Allure are fighting for equal rights for women.






The No Ceilings website contains a lot of great information about the struggles remaining in the path to gender equality.

  • The U.S. is 1 of only 9 countries worldwide that doesn't provide paid maternity leave.
  • Women spend up to five more hours each day doing unpaid housework than men.
  • Nearly 70% of countries' constitutions don't protect girls' rights to secondary school.
  • In developing countries, 200 million fewer women have access to the Internet than men.
  • 1 in 3 women are victims of sexual violence.
  • The pay gap remains virtually unchanged over the past two decades.
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