Monday, July 11, 2011

Vision 2020

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Here’s a cool organization I just heard about:  Vision 2020.  When I first googled it, I got all sorts of hits about eye doctors and Lasik surgery.  Ah, wrong vision 2020.  Words of wisdom:  be sure to put “women” somewhere in your search.  According to the website, “Vision 2020 is a campaign to make equality a national priority through shared leadership among women and men.”  Equality?  Shared leadership?  Don’t we already have those?  Check out these very interesting statistics from Vision 2020’s website:

Women hold 3 percent of clout positions in the mainstream media.  Source: Women's Media Center

The number of U.S. women receiving PhDs in most STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines has not increased in 10 years (1997-2006). Source: Association for Women in Science

From 2004 to 2007, the percentage of women artists on view in major art institutions: 5-8% at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); 15% at The Whitney Museum; 24% at The 2007 Venice Biennale; 27% at Art Basel Miami. Source:New York Magazine, “Where are all the Women?” Nov. 26, 2007

Female faculty have not made progress in closing the salary gap with their male counterparts. In 1972, they made 83% of what male faculty made, and today they make 82% of what male faculty earn. Source: The White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women's Leadership

Hard to believe?  These stats are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  Check out the Vision 2020 website:  Better yet, sign up to help spread awareness.  Let’s work to more clearly see our social reality and, together, strive to ensure equality by 2020.

*Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton would approve this message.

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