At the heart of the #EYOB message is the idea that women are beautiful regardless of outward appearance. Women should embrace their own beauty and be empowered to love, accept and celebrate themselves. #EYOB means that women should be respected for who they are not what they look like. It also means that girls should be encouraged and empowered to learn and grow – and they should have confidence that they can be anything they want to be.
But we’re not there yet. The glass ceiling still exists.
Did you know that around the world women only earn 10% of the world’s income, while doing two-thirds of the world’s work?
#EYOB means pay equity for women.
Here’s another stat for you: Women are severely under-represented in high-paying STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), making up less than 25% of the workforce in those fields. Another glass ceiling.
#EYOB means more opportunity for women.
This one’s pretty obvioius. Women still make up only 18.5 percent of congress. The United States ranks 60th out of 136 countries for women’s political empowerment. We rank behind India, China and Uganda.
#EYOB means more women in politics.
Did you know that in 2014, state legislatures introduced 468 restrictions on women’s bodies and zero on men’s bodies?
#EYOB means control over our own bodies.
There are many more statistics showing the dis-empowerment of women around the world and yes – that includes the United States.
This Sunday, empower yourself. The first step is to Embrace Your Own Beauty. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not beautiful because you are.
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