ITV joined forces with the male suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) to showcase the art installation, made by American artist Mark Jenkins and his collaborator, Sandra Fernandez. Dubbed “Project 84,” the sculptures are meant to represent the 84 men who take their own lives every week in the UK. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, with three in four of all suicides being male.
Our insistence that women provide ample proof of their skill before we trust that they know what they’re talking about, combined with the presupposition that men belong and are capable until proven otherwise, has given rise to behaviors like “he-peating“—which is the act of a woman saying one thing, and a man then repeating the idea, at which point it’s accepted with authority, perhaps seen as brilliant, and almost certainly remembered as being his idea in the first place. The dichotomy in how we view women and men around the table also might explain why women are interrupted more by both genders—it’s not just men who are skeptical of their female peers.
While a lot of companies toil over policies to promote workplace diversity and equal pay, few invest major sums to immediately fix the problem. Benioff, who signed the White House’s Equal Pay Pledge, also requires that 30% of the attendees of every company meeting be women, and grants equality awards for trailblazers on equal rights in business, government, and nonprofits. The company has also been recognized as a top employer for women across different rankings.