/ˈekō ˈTHərdē ˈsevənˈ/
1. An inclusive movement to advance gender equality by inspiring, empowering and bringing people together to act as change agents within their communities, families and workplaces. “The personal stories on EQO37 helped me make the connection between the common language people use to talk about women leaders and the ways in which teenage girls begin to self-edit in order to not appear too aggressive or pushy.”
2. A social enterprise and global online resource providing insight from news, research and personal stories to highlight how gender inequality continues to exist and explore possible solutions. “I read the most interesting story on EQO37 and I think we should share it with the management team.”
3. An objective and innovative approach to encourage people to consider how gender bias and stereotyping combine with other issues to impact decision making and limit human potential. “EQO37 reminded me to look deeper at the issue to see how gender may be playing a role in how the policy was developed, implemented and received.”
EQO37 is the only comprehensive information source focused on gender equality that provides a combination of news from around the world, recent research and personal narratives, all in one place. It is this combination of information that highlights the ways in which gender bias is pervasive, but also preventable. These three types of information are also considered through seven insights, which will help to link issues of gender stereotypes and bias across segments of society and allow consideration of the issue from multiple angles. Our overarching goal is to be purposely and intentionally inclusive: We aim to include all people – women, men, boys and girls – in this endeavor, and to encourage all people to take actions to address the issue in their daily lives.
EQO37 is the only comprehensive information source focused on gender equality that provides a combination of news from around the world, recent research and personal narratives, all in one place
The vision for EQO37, therefore, is simple: we want to create a world where gender does not limit any individual from pursuing dreams and achieving her or his potential.
To reach this goal, we all need insight, imagination and inspiration. EQO37 meets this need in three ways:
1. We gather and organize news stories from different countries and perspectives that highlight the ways in which gender inequality exists throughout all sectors of our society – including business, culture, and politics. We also consider how this bias is often multidimensional and interconnected with other issues such as race, age, sexuality and poverty.
2. We seek out and share current gender-focused research being produced by academia, business, think tanks and non-governmental organizations. These reports examine the costs of persistent inequality, and help measure the effectiveness of innovative and imaginative solutions.
3. Finally, we share personal stories that challenge, inspire and remind us that bias ultimately hurts us all.
Of course, we know that challenges to full equality still exist. According to the United Nations Human Development Report, no country has attained “perfect gender equality.” At present, only 6.4% of companies in the Fortune 500 are currently run by women. Women continue to be underrepresented in Hollywood: in 2016, only 4.2 percent of directors, 12.2 percent of screenwriters, and 20.7 percent of producers were women. When Forbes released its list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world, only one woman – Serena Williams at #51 – was on the list. A survey from 2015 found that 1 in 3 women between the ages of 18 and 34 had been sexually harassed on the job. And in some commercial areas like consumer products, the reinforcement of gender stereotypes through marketing is getting worse: in 1975, less than 2% of all toys sold at Sears were marketed explicitly to boys or girls. By 2010, every toy being sold on Disney’s retail website was categorized as being a “girl toy” or a “boy toy.” And while 59 countries across the globe have had a female leader in the past half century, the United States, the second largest democracy in the world, has not.
The vision of EQO37 is simple: we want to create a world where gender does not limit any individual from pursuing their dreams and achieving her or his potential.
Our hope is that by combining all three elements – news, research and stories – we encourage a new generation of change agents to challenge gender stereotyping in all aspects of their lives, including at work, at home and in society. We need to reinforce the principle that equality needs everyone, to enlist all people in this endeavor, and to make sure that everyone feels enlightened, educated and empathetic.
We refuse to normalize gender stereotyping as anything other than what it is – disparate treatment of individuals based upon their gender and not their abilities. The costs of not engaging a full population in society and helping all individuals achieve their full potential – regardless of gender – are inherently wasteful and untenable. We need to recognize that equality needs everyone, and all of us must commit ourselves to creating a world that is gender equal.
Will Gane is the Founder and President of EQO37 and a passionate advocate for gender equality. Inspired by his mother’s challenges as she raised Will and his brothers as a single mom, he has dedicated himself to tackling this issue and ending gender inequality.
A 17-year career in business intelligence has led Will to live and work in Europe, Asia and the US. He has a degree in business management from Hull University in the UK and executive education certificates from MIT in leadership, Kellogg School of Management in nonprofit management and Stanford Graduate School of Business in social entrepreneurship. He is currently studying for a master’s in liberal arts at the University of Chicago.
Will has completed some of the world’s toughest endurance events including the Badwater 135, Leadville 100 and several full-distance triathlons. The way these events create a level playing field appeals to Will’s belief that anyone can do anything, and he has used his participation to raise money for Girls on the Run and the British veteran’s society. He was also a member of the British Army Reserves.
A huge fan of Liverpool Football Club (both women’s and men’s teams) and the music group Queen, Will seldom departs a bookstore without acquiring at least seven books. His hero is aviation and gender equality pioneer Amelia Earhart who said the words he lives by: “Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn’t be done.”
Allison Clark is the Co-Founder and Vice President of EQO37. Over the past 25 years, Allison has worked in a variety of fields, including government, finance and philanthropy, where she has focused on issues related to community development and affordable housing.
Committed to the empowerment of communities and individuals, Allison has worked on political campaigns, served on boards of directors for nonprofit organizations and her Episcopal church and mentored at-risk youth. She is currently a board member of the Chicago Foundation for Women, a private foundation that raises money and provides grants to address economic security, access to health care and gender-based violence.
Allison’s passions for history, feminism and all movements for equality were sparked by research papers she wrote on Manon Roland and Christine de Pizan for her 9th grade European History class. Her personal heroes include Emmeline Pankhurst, Alice Paul and James Peck, and her most prized possessions are her collection of suffragette handbills and postcards from the 1910’s and her mother’s first edition copy of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Majoring in Government at Harvard University, she was active in student groups related to gender and leadership. She earned her Master of Management degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
When she’s not busy trying to save the world, Allison spends time perfecting her Scrabble game, watching reruns of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, reading dystopian fiction and seeking out statues of historic women.