Yesterday International Women's Day could be felt the world over. From Emma Watson's mammoth HeForShe live-stream talk on Facebook to the protests spearheaded by celebrities across the globe, it was hard not to feel empowered by all the goings on.
However, the stars who were unable to participate in the planned events still managed to get in on the Women's Day action in a simple but chillingly effective way; by taking a stance on social media.
Inspiring ladies including Blake Lively, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba and Lupita Nyong'o (to name a VERY select few) all took to their Instagram and/or Twitter accounts yesterday to give a glimpse at what life would really be like without women in the world. Needless to say, it would be pretty bleak...
To further demonstrate the importance of International Women's Day, the stars replaced the profile pictures on their public accounts with a faceless avatar and the web address NOT-THERE.ORG.
Along with her snap, Cameron Diaz said: 'We're Not There...Yet. Inequality exists at work / at home / at the doctor's office / at school - and yet these issues do not get the attention they deserve. It's almost like we're NOT THERE at all. Today is International Women's Day and I am taking part in a campaign that literally removes women from the media. You too can participate. Spread the word by changing your profile on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and visit OurBodyBook.com @thebodybook for more information. #notthereyet #notthereaction#internationalwomensday @clintonfoundation.'
The symbolic meme, part of the Clinton Foundation's #NotThere campaign, was used by these famous women to help raise awareness on the state of women's rights around the world by taking to the platforms most seen by the younger, media-savvy generations. And, after gaining HUGE support from their respective followings, it's a gesture that's probably hit home more than any other of its kind.
As well as the A-list dashing their profile pics and spreading the stark image like wildfire, many fashion brands have also gone to great lengths to show their support for the campaign. One of the biggest of note has to be Kate Spade after it replaced its billboard advertisement featuring Karlie Kloss with a model-less shot.
Taking to her own Instagram account to share the image with her followers, Karlie said: 'I’m proud to support the @ClintonFoundation’s#NoCeilings campaign to inspire and advance the full participation of women and girls around the world. My photo is missing from Instagram and a @KateSpadeNY billboards today encouraging us to ask the question, “What happens when women and girls are#NotThere?” On #InternationalWomensDay, make sure to celebrate all the women in your life who ARE! Learn more at Not-There.org.'
What many will have been met with when they curiously found themselves on the website is a message that reads loud and clear:
'On International Women's Day, the world woke up to find that many women were not there. This symbolic act reflected what a new analysis of women and girls' progress says about the state of gender equality: we're not there yet.'
However, with support from the world's most loved and iconic women, we think we're that bit closer to making gender equality a reality. Bravo, ladies...