2. Support movies and media with women as leads and directors
Between 2002 and 2012, less than 5% of the top 100 box-office domestic releases were directed by females. The lack of representation in mainstream Hollywood has warranted concern and attention from average moviegoers to celebs like Ben Affleck. Reese Witherspoon commenced a production company because of the lack of ladies as the lead star in films. The result? Her films 'Gone Girl' and 'Wild' based on an actual story of Cheryl Strayed hiking 1,000 miles alone on the Pacific Coast Trail, got accolades and Oscar nominations.
The organization "Miss Representation" works to also fight harmful stereotypes and sexism in the media. You can join 100,000 others and sign the pledge here.
3. Stand up to street harassment
Some investigations show that 80 to 90% of women have been harassed in public. Not acceptable. Fortunately, in today’s world of social media, local activists in 84 cities and 25 nations of the world have powered together to grow Hollaback!, a movement to stop street harassment. They have even made simple infographics on how to respond to street harassment if you encounter it yourself (taking into account safety first!) and what you can do as an onlooker if you witness catcalling on the street.
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