First Annual 50/50 Day May 10th

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Chrysalis is joining groups around the world to mark the first annual 50/50 Day next Wednesday, May 10.  Spearheaded by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, 50/50 Day will raise the global conversation about gender equality.


On Wednesday, May 10, thousands of organizations will hold their own gatherings – large and small – to screen Ms. Shlain’s new short film, 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women and Power.   To-date, over 9,500 events are scheduled in 49 states and 57 countries.


The film was originally planned for release over inauguration weekend as a celebration of the first female president.  Instead, along with millions of women across the globe, Ms. Shlain went to Washington for the Women’s March while the film was screened in gatherings throughout the city.


Plan to stop by the Metro Waste Authority Conference Room, Suite 100 in our building (300 East Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309), to view the 20-minute film, enjoy lunch, and connect with others around this important issue.  We’ll show the film continuously on Wednesday, May 10 between 11 am and 1 pm.


A concurrent 24-hour global live cast Q&A will offer conversations with prominent world leaders including actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria, bestselling author Gloria Feldt, Professor Iris Bohnet of Harvard Kennedy School, Secretary General for the UN Council of Women World Leaders Laura Liswood, Former US Treasurer Rosie Rios, and Founder of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities Michael Kimmel.



The graphic above notes the range of areas for which gender balance can not only be achieved, but can  truly affect the future.


“I love hearing that 10,000 years ago women were religious leaders, they were political leaders, they could marry, they could divorce,” notes Ms. Slain in a recent TED Talk.  “It was just a different time and it’s really good to know that we came from that space before it turned…it’s a much more empowering way to look at history, rather than thinking that we never had something that we’re trying to get now, which is equality.”


What a difference it will make when this is achieved!  Our great work continues, and we appreciate all of our partners that help to make it happen.

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