On International Women's Day 2016, Gurira, joined by other celebrities on Capitol Hill, pushed lawmakers to make changes to improve the gender wage gap for women of color around the world, among other pressing issues, TIME reported. In recent days it was reported that Donald Trump's personal lawyer attempted to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump while he was married to Melania Trump.
To Press for Progress is to encourage women and girls to pursue STEM education; at a time when studies have shown that only 28% of girls are into STEM.
"We need WOW because women and men are still not equal in society, and around the world", said Maricka Oglesby.
"Almost all of them said to me, no one had ever asked what had happened to them, what they'd gone through or what they wanted next".
But while we wait to see the impact of these behind the scenes changes, it has actually been a hugely successful year for women and cinema anyway.
"There has been a pattern of sexual harassment and abuse in our industry, including myself, when I was 16 years old I was assaulted by a director on a movie", the 41-year-old said during an emotional discussion at the United Nations in NY on International Women's Day.
"It started out in October with 40 women in a room just talking about this problem and how we were going to deal with it because enough is enough", she explained. The United States, for instance, does not officially recognize IWD as a holiday, though Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced a bill in 1994 proposing that the USA officially designate March 8 as International Women's Day.
"When women feel safe and protected in the workplace", one woman said.
McDonald's turned their iconic arches upside down for International Women's Day. With the formation of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, we are engaging with the private sector to reduce barriers to women's participation in business. In fact, 1.7 billion women in low and middle-income countries around the world remain unconnected today.
Through these and many other initiatives, we seek to empower women of all backgrounds to achieve their economic potential and shape our world.