Who run the world? Girls.
Or girls and women to be exact, but who am I to argue with Queen B?
We women are busy running countries, leading companies, piloting technological and medical breakthroughs, dominating the world of sport, and in many cases, serving as primary caregivers for the next generation.
But a troublesome new video from Elle U.K. illustrates the disparity between men and women in places of power.
From politics to Hollywood, women are often represented by a single voice in the room. The numbers don't lie. Women are 37% of MBA graduates, but only 4.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs. And this phenomenon is all too easy to see when men are edited out of the photos.
Having representation in places of power and influence is the only way women will achieve equality on a global scale. Because as the saying goes, when you don't have a seat at the table, it usually means you're on the menu.
The video was created as part of Elle U.K.'s #morewomen initiative.
Too often, successful women are portrayed as one-offs or exceptions. They're the take-no-prisoners alpha females who only reach new heights by walking on the backs of other women. In reality, there are women taking charge and making a difference in an array of industries, and they're not getting there alone or by in-fighting and bullying.
One woman's success makes every woman stronger.
Elle U.K. hopes to change the narrative and encourage women to empower and support one another in the push for global equality. Because women represent just 14% of executive officers, and because there is plenty more room at the top.
It's more than a hashtag campaign, it's a commitment to a movement, complete with its own pledge:
"One woman's success makes EVERY WOMAN STRONGER. More women for #morewomen."
Even if you're not a political power player or celebrity, you can still take part in the #morewomen movement.
Whether you're running the room or working your way up in your field, there's a lot you can do to advance equality and make your community and the world better for women. Supporting projects and organizations like Let Girls Learn and Girl Effect are a great way to start.
And shopping at women-owned businesses is an easy way to invest in the success of other women right in your community. No act of support is too small.
The scales of justice are shifting toward equality, but there's still plenty of work to be done.
See a few of the women making it happen in this short video from Elle U.K.