Say Goodbye To Summer Scaries

Say Goodbye To Summer Scaries


Did you know that 76% of people believe that advertising has the power to shape how we see each other? Another 63% say that they don’t see themselves represented in most advertising. Representation has an undeniable impact on the global perception of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, and people with disabilities. It’s vital that businesses in every sector prioritize diverse representation. Together, we have the power to shift perceptions, challenge biases, and provide positive role models for young women that will drive change for generations to come.


1. When advertisements positively portray women, there is an increased likelihood of a positive impact on long-term Brand Relationship as well as short-term behavior change.

2. The role and portrayal of women in advertising can influence attitudes towards the evaluation of an ad.

3. There are category-specific lessons to be learned about positive female portrayal in advertising.


Women control over $31.8 trillion in worldwide spending, meaning advertisements must speak to women and present them in a positive and respectful manner. Yet, 51% of US adults agree that advertisements and commercials often keep men and women in their traditional gender roles


Ads with high Gender Equality Measure® (GEM®) are 20% more likely to score high on Choice Impact having an effect with male and female consumers at the point of purchase. GEM® is the first data-driven methodology to identify gender bias in media.


Women purchase over 50% of traditional male products including automobiles, home improvement products, and consumer electronics. The Heineken ad “Cheers to all” is a great example of how the beer category can begin to break down engrained social norms around gender. See Nike’s “What are girls made of?” campaign for another example.


Dove increased its sales by 62% since launching its Real Beauty campaign in 2004. The brand has been messaging to girls for years that true beauty comes from within and to love their body image as everyone is beautiful in their own way. This reinforces the notion that brands can both do right for society and improve sales.


I think about what it would mean to me at 5 years old to see a dark skinned woman with a speech impediment as a spokesperson for a beauty brand.




On leading teams:

“As a coach, the most important thing I can do is educate my athletes and give them the tools to be successful.” — 
Carol Capitani, Head Coach, Women’s Swimming & Diving, The University of Texas

On redefining modern motherhood:

“We never really talk about all the changes that happen in a mother’s life that have nothing to do with taking care of a baby.”— Ericka Souter, Parenting Expert and Author, How to Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide

On the multiplier effect:

“Take action, don’t despair. If you help even one person in your lifetime, you have made a difference.” — Kimberly Gire, Founder, Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy


How do we keep up with digital transformation and the rapid innovation that continues to shape our world? By working together to increase digital equity and expand access to opportunities in tech. That’s why The FQ is proud to team up with HP to invite you to the first HBCU Technology Conference, with dedicated tracks for students, faculty/administration, and IT staff.


FQ Global Pack: Europe Regional Dinner

Do you want to discuss the advancement of gender equality with a group of dynamic women? Join us alongside Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at our FQ Global Pack European Regional Dinner on Wednesday, September 29th.

Boosting Brand Appeal

Brands have a lot to gain by portraying women positively in advertising. In fact, companies that elevate women are more likely to curry favor among consumers. The FQ contributed to the latest Women in Advertising Report with Ipsos. Check it out!

The Modern Guide To Equality™

Explore our digital library of interactive episodes and learn more about topics at the pulse of women in leadership, diversity, and workplace equity narrated by today’s industry leaders.


We may not be physically together, but the power of community is stronger than ever. Help us activate change together and tune into our Virtual Equality Conversations! Click below to view our upcoming agenda below and stay tuned for more:

Holiday Weekend Reads

Inspirational advice from female founders

We launched a marketplace for you to shop from women-owned businesses and give back with generosity. Now that you’ve browsed and shopped your favorite products from female-founders, it’s time you get to know their stories. Head into the long weekend feeling inspired by the remarkable stories and advice from women who have started businesses from the ground up, always aiming to give back and support other women along the way.