Women's Equality Day celebrates an event that stands tall in American culture. On this day, August 26th, 1920, Congress passed the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, thus securing a substantial victory for women and our nation. To honor this Women's Equality Day, we asked Olomomo ambassador Georgina Miranda to tell us about a woman who inspired her personal mission for working towards creating a 50/50 world, where women and men are equally treated.
Read Georgina's words below about how Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues, influenced Georgina to kick off her stilettos and start climbing mountains to bring awareness and funding for the women survivors of gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“I was inspired to get serious about climbing back in 2007 after reading Eve Ensler's account of her visit to Democratic Republic of Congo and the remarkable women she met there. These women lived in a world where 420,000 women are raped each year -- roughly 48 per hour and 1,152 per day. Shocking I know, but sadly true. I wanted to do something to help and have voice to raise awareness so I decided to launch a campaign, Climb Take Action, and climb the highest peak on each continent to raise funds and awareness for these survivors of some of the most horrific gender-based violence of its kind.
Eve inspires me to be a better woman, to mobilize communities for good, to be relentless to my truth, to be unapologetic about who I am, and to always be a voice for other women in whatever capacity I can. She's proof of how one voice can raise a billion.
Gender-based based violence continues to be a global issue and not just relevant in DRC. 35% of women have experienced gender-based violence worldwide. 1 in 3 women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. International Medical Corps and VDAY continue to do incredible work to bring attention and relief for survivors. Going forward, the Climb Take Action campaign will continue raising awareness and funds for gender-based violence in the areas of highest need as deemed by these organizations.
While my path in life has in no way been linear. All roads have led me to look/experience the lack of equality that exists straight in the face. This is regardless of the industry I have worked, as a solo female founder navigating the capital landscape, as a philanthropist and activist speaking out against gender-based violence, and in every boardroom I have sat in. While I could focus on the lack and play the "poor me/us role," instead I have always taken action and I work towards change. The reality is that women alone will not create the lasting ripple effect needed to make long lasting change, we need strong men to rally with us and demand for a more equal way of working, living, and loving. We all have a role to play to get to 50/50.
I dream and work towards a day when women around the world own and run half of the businesses out there, where we are equally represented in every boardroom, where our strength in mountains, waves, dirt, flight and are equally celebrated as our counterparts, where what we earn is a reflection of our great work, where our daughters know they can grow up to be anything they want to be with a community to champion them to success in all fields. I also dream and work towards a world where violence against women is not tolerated, where education and health care is available to all for us to thrive. Women are the largest untapped resource on the planet. #GettingTo5050 means we change the world.”
The passing of the 19th amendment in 1920 was only the beginning of what we humans need to do in order to create and sustain gender equality. Olomomo honors Georgina Miranda, Eve Ensler and all the women who have the courage to stand up on and take action for a more just world. We support Georgina for the adventure she’s on and celebrate the strength and beauty of all mothers, sisters, daughters, and the men who support them.
Olomomo the monkey god of adventure loves you all as equals and hopefully this story will inspire you to face head on whatever is holding YOU back from your life's full adventure and passions. We'd love to hear your story... or a story about an inspiring woman in your world. So shoot us an email, send us a picture on Instagram, or post your story on our Facebook page.