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#SeeHer Campaign Calls For More Inclusive Portrayals Of Women On Television

"If you can #SeeHer, you can be her."

A new series of PSAs is tying the gender disparity in science and technology professions to representations of women in the media.

The #SeeHer campaign includes spots on VH1, Logo, MTV and other Viacom networks. The first PSA features a young girl daydreaming about saving the White House as an engineer, with a tagline reading “If you can #SeeHer, you can be her.”

“We are genuinely excited to continue to bring the power of our brands and the connection to our fans to the #SeeHer movement, a mission to more accurately portray all women and girls in advertising and media,” a Viacom rep said in a statement.

Launched by the Association of National Advertisers in 2017, #SeeHer calls for a 20% increase in the “accurate portrayal of all girls and women” in the media by 2020, the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States.

While females comprise 70% of college graduates, they represent only 45% of science and math degrees, and are vastly underrepresented in STEM professions.

For more information, visit the #SeeHer campaign website.

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