Midweek Media: International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was yesterday, btw.

Black screen, with a bright light in the center. A man in a black suit (Daniel Craig) walks until he’s front and center, and he’s greeted by a female speaker, offscreen (Dame Judi Dench).

“We’re equals, aren’t we, double-o seven? Yet, it is 2011 and a man is still likely to earn more than a woman, even one doing the same job. You have a far better chance of entering political office or becoming a company director. As a man, you are less likely to be judged for promiscuous behavior, which is just as well, frankly, and hardly any chance of falling victim to sexual assault. And unlike the 30,000 women in the UK who lose their jobs annually due to pregnancy, there would be virtually no risk to your career if you chose to become a parent, or became one accidentally.

For someone with such a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it might like to be one.”

Daniel Craig walks off screen. When he walks back, he is in a dress, blonde wig and high heels.

“The world has changed, but the numbers remain stacked against us. Women are responsible for two-thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only ten percent of the income and own one percent of the property. It’s not just about money and power. Every year, seventy million girls are deprived of even a basic education.”

Daniel removes his wig and earrings.

“And a staggering sixty million are sexually assaulted on their way to school. We’re afraid to walk the streets at night, yet some of us are even more afraid to return to our own homes. At least one in four are victims of domestic violence and every week, two women in the UK are killed by a current or former partner. So, are we equals?”

Daniel walks off the screen.

“Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”

In purple in the middle of the screen: Equals? Join the big inequality debate. WeAreEQUALS.org.


  1. Jack says

    Thank you for transcribing this. I’ve seen it posted all over the place, but with no captions and no transcript it’s pretty inaccessible. Text much appreciated.

    • sbg says

      You’re welcome – I puzzled over why there was no transcription anywhere, and thought the message deserved to be written.

  2. says

    OH, that’s wonderful! I’ve never been comfortable with Bond – even when I was much too young to articulate its troubling gender politics – and that is such a terrific way of subverting this “man’s man” and giving people food for thought.

    • sbg says

      I think the message would have been great no matter who the parties – but the Bond angle really solidified it.

    • sbg says

      Yeah, during a certain recent discussion, I almost said, “Well, all things being equal, we would maybe include XXX. But they’re NOT equal, and that’s the point.”

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