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#MOREWOMEN

Watch what happens when men are Photoshopped out of politics

By Jake Flanagin

The British edition of Elle magazine has compiled the video above, showcasing just how rare it is for women to outnumber men in governments and other bodies of influence.

Elle UK
Meeting of the G20 in London in 2009.
Elle UK
The same meeting—with only women (Elizabeth II, Angela Merkel, and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner).

It’s a series of disheartening images that serve an inspiring purpose. The video, featuring an array of women, including German chancellor Angela Merkel and Harry Potter star-turned-UN women’s envoy Emma Watson, is part of a campaign launched by the magazine to elevate more women to positions of power worldwide.

The #MoreWomen campaign  “will celebrate the global power of women’s collectives in a playful, engaging way,” Elle wrote in a statement, which continued:

Smart, successful women are too often portrayed as one-offs: fierce individualists concerned with their own success. The story of how women in positions of strength continually support and empower each other is consistently ignored while the myth that we pit ourselves against each other perpetuates. We want to change this narrative in our Feminism issue and create a more positive conversation—to reflect the power of women, and to support and grow each other as we push for global equality.