GenderAvenger is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an an online activist community that focuses on gender balance at all levels in public dialog. They support inclusion of all people regardless of gender, race, sex, age, and ability. They are dedicated to making sure women are no longer underrepresented in public discourse.
Their motto is to Challenge it. Change it. And Women as equals will become the norm when it is the norm. Everywhere. is their mantra.
The theory of social change behind GA is that individual action backed by a community with shared values and the perception of power can affect change. To date, the focus has been on encouraging individuals through social media to make their appreciation known when there is strong gender balance and their disapproval heard when there is not.
GenderAvenger focuses on the presence of women on conference stages, on significant lists, in publications, on-screen, wherever gender balance is an issue. Attention is given across broad categories, including finance, higher education, tech, politics, arts and culture in the belief that any dialog missing the perspective and expertise of half of the world’s population is simply incomplete.
The success of GA is rooted in its simplicity. The clarity of its mission and the user-friendly tools it provides to individuals to take action has powered GA growth and impact.
Call for Individual Action. The GenderAvenger Tally is an app available on all platforms that allows the user to create a pie chart by simply inserting the hashtag of an event or list and the number of men and women. The resulting chart can be instantly posted to Facebook or Twitter or sent anonymously to GA, if the sender is uncomfortable being identified. After verification, GA posts and tweets anonymous submissions. The average time spent creating and sending the chart is under two minutes. Selected GA Tallies are featured in a weekly Action Alert newsletter providing opportunities for GA community members to use their social media outlets to amplify and reinforce the positive and negative messages.
The GenderAvenger Male Pledge. Men are a critical component of the change GA seeks. The Male Pledge provides the opportunity to agree not to appear on any panels where there are no women. The GA pledge has attracted a number of high profile individuals, including Garrett Boone, the co-founder of the Container Store, Ron Fournier, nationally known author and journalist, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, U..S. Congressman Don Beyer, and Keith Mestrich, President of Amalgamated Bank.
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