We know that politics, like most fields, has a long, long way to go before it achieves anything close to gender equality. This truth was recently driven home with an eye-opening photo series courtesy of Elle UK, which Photoshops the men out of political pictures, leaving few female representatives present.
Case in point, check out this original picture of the UK parliament in session:
And now check it out how shockingly empty the room looks when the men are Photoshopped out:
When a photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a meeting with Barack Obama and other world leaders is Photoshopped…
The only person left at the meeting is, well, Merkel:
Same goes for Hillary:
And Emma Watson:
The series isn’t just shots from politics, it also shows photos from other arenas like entertainment to drive home the point that women are not equally represented in major fields and this is a situation that needs to change, like, yesterday. That’s why Elle UK is using this series to launch their campaign #MoreWomen, which calls for greater equality in positions of power and calls upon women to support each other as we work to balance the scales.
“There are too many instances where women are represented by a single female. In business, music, art and media, women rarely outnumber men,” Elle’s cultural director Lena de Casparis said in a statement. “There is room for more of us at the top. One woman’s success makes every woman stronger.”
Hear, hear. Check out the other Photoshopped snaps from the #MoreWomen series in the vid below:
(Images via Elle UK/YouTube)