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On February 13, 2014, Melinda Gates, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton teamed up to announce a new effort sponsored jointly by the Clinton Foundation and the Gates Foundation called No Ceilings.  The purpose of this initiative was to gather and analyze data about the status of women and girls’ participation around the world.  The target date for the release of the report was some time in 2015.

Today, Melinda, Hillary, and Chelsea, accompanied by an impressive gathering of powerful women leaders of many ages and from many countries representing a variety of careers and initiatives, released that report.  As they pointed out, we are #notthere – not yet, but we know a lot more about where we are than we did a year ago or ever before in history.

Here is some information about No Ceilings.

In 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, leaders from governments and civil society around the world came together and committed to ensuring that women and girls have the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of life.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of that moment. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation have joined forces to gather data and analyze the gains made for women and girls over the last two decades, as well as the gaps that remain.

This site and The Full Participation Report are the result—home to 850,000 data points, spanning more than 20 years, from over 190 countries. Through data visualizations and stories, we aim to present the gains and gaps in understandable, sharable ways—including by making the data open and easily available.

To know how far we need to go to achieve the full participation of women and girls, we have to know how far we have come.

We invite you to explore the site, dig deeper into these stories, share pieces that move you, download the data, and join us in our effort to address the great unfinished business of the 21st century.

No Ceilings is grateful for the support of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wyss Foundation, as well as organizations and individuals, including the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women and Girls, Corning, and the Leslois Shaw Foundation.

Read more and download the report here >>>>

See stories here >>>>

ICYMI access the video here >>>>



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Excited to share the data. Hope you will dive in & use it, share it, learn from it, & get motivated:

No Ceilings


Mar 09
New York, NY
Press Release

20 years of global data compiled by No Ceilings show that while progress is possible, more must be done to achieve ‘full and equal participation’ for women and girls worldwide

New York, NY — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will join global and community leaders for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report and data visualization site NoCeilings.org on Monday, March 9, at 11:00am in New York City. The release coincides with the commencement of the 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.

The No Ceilings Full Participation Report is the culmination of a year-long effort to aggregate and analyze new and existing global data by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center, and Fathom Information Design. This comprehensive data is available in written form, as well as through a collection of interactive and sharable visualizations, graphics, stories, and compelling videos produced by Scratch, a division of Viacom. The data is open and easily downloadable.

The No Ceilings Full Participation Report and NoCeilings.org builds on the momentum of “NOT THERE,” an awareness effort launched on International Women’s Day, which brought together leading publications, fashion and consumer brands, celebrities, artists, and members of the social media community to make the point that we’re “not there” yet on issues of gender equality, both at home and abroad.

The No Ceilings data advances the evidence-based case for gender equality. The analysis finds that progress is possible – particularly when countries commit resources and political will. However, more must be done to accelerate the pace of change and achieve the full participation of women and girls in the 21st century.

The report and NoCeilings.org identifies and brings to life the significant gains women and girls have made – and the gaps that still remain – since the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when Secretary Clinton called on the international community to ensure “women’s rights are human rights.” Key highlights from the report and data include:

  • Significant progress has been made in the areas of health and education; for example, the rate of maternal mortality has almost been cut in half since 1995, and the gap between the number of boys and girls completing primary schools globally has nearly closed.
  • In other areas, the pace of change has been far too slow, including women’s economic participation, leadership, and security.  Even where there has been progress, the gains have not been shared by all: geography, income, age, race, ethnicity disability, sexual orientation, and cultural norms remain powerful determinants of a woman’s chance at equal rights and opportunities.
  • The world has reached a critical moment and can no longer afford to overlook the potential of half the population. Not only is the evidence about the benefits of full participation of women and girls to prosperity and stability stronger than ever before, but we have stronger tools to help accelerate progress, including 21st century technologies and dedicated private sector allies.

Findings from the report and NoCeilings.org will be on display and brought to life at today’s No Ceilings event: “Not There Yet: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality.” The event, which begins at 11:00a.m., ET, at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City, will bring together and showcase the compelling stories of global and community leaders who are actively taking steps to advance the full participation of women and girls in their nations and communities. Storytellers, speakers and participants include:

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
  • Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia
  • Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of LIberia
  • Darril Astrida Saunders, Founder, Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride
  • Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Co-founder and President, School of Leadership, Afghanistan
  • Ikram Ben Said, Founder and President, Aswat Nisaa
  • Usha Choudhary, Secretary and Program Director, Vikalp Sansthan
  • America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist
  • Nely Galan, Founder of The Adelante Movement
  • Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, President and CEO, CARE
  • Wanjira Mathai, Director, wPOWER: Women’s Partnerships in Renewables
  • Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
  • Debra Sterling, CEO, GoldieBlox
  • Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO, AMD
  • Genette Thelusmond, Auxiliare Midwife, Midwives for Haiti
  • Dr. Marcela Tovar-Restrepo, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
  • Uzma, School of Leadership, Afghanistan Scholar
  • Yogesh Vaishnav, Treasurer and Program Manager, Vikalp Sansthan
  • Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Bruce Wilkinson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Medical Mission Board
  • Sheryl WuDunn, Co-author, A Path Appears
  • Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Co-Founder of the Malala Fund (via video)


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Once again, Hillary has been named among the most influential by Time Magazine.  Her entry was penned by Malala Yousafzai who also was named and celebrated by Gabrielle Giffords.


Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton TIME 100
Larry Marano—Getty Images

The advocate for women leaders

Hillary Clinton is a symbol of strength for women across the world. It was she who famously said, “Women’s rights are human rights.” She not only spoke those words, but also dedicated her life to empowering women around the world through politics and philanthropy. She has been a source of strength for many women leaders, including myself, my family and those who stood by me after I was attacked. “Continue your mission, be strong, we believe in you” is what she said to me, my father and the rest of the Malala Fund team when we met her last year at the Clinton Global Initiative awards. Her life and leadership show women what we can achieve if we believe in our own strength and if we channel our inner creativity, compassion and determination. A world with more women leaders will be a better world, and Hillary Clinton is helping make that possible.

Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist who defied the Taliban to attend school and is a co-founder of the Malala Fund

Chelsea Clinton wrote the entry about her friend Jason Collins who was named to the list.


Jason Collins

Jason Collins TIME 100
Paola Kudacki for TIME

The NBA player who went first

I met Jason Collins when we were freshmen at Stanford. Not surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was his height. The second thing I noticed was his kindness off the court — and his fierceness on it. Kindness to his friends, his family and fans. Fierceness in his drive to win. Jason has always been focused on others, on what’s right for those he loves, and on helping those whose jersey is the same as his.

When Jason called to talk about his forthcoming Sports Illustrated cover story, “The Gay Athlete,” I realized at some point that I wasn’t surprised we were having the conversation we were. Not because I knew what we were going to talk about when I answered the phone. Rather, because it made eminent sense that it would be Jason becoming the first openly gay, still active pro athlete in a major U.S. sports league.

Jason’s kindness and fierceness alike derive from that word too often bandied about and too rarely true: integrity. Jason has always maintained he’s first a basketball player. He is. But he’s also a leader and an inspiration. For Michael Sam, Derrick Gordon and others whose names we may never know. And also for those of us lucky enough to be fans — or to call him our friend.

Hillary wrote the tribute for her successor at the State Department, John Kerry.


John Kerry

John Kerry TIME 100
The Secretary of State visiting Riyadh in January to discuss the conflict in Syria. Brendan Smialowski—The New York Times/Redux

The relentless negotiator

Diplomacy is in John Kerry’s blood. As the son of a foreign-service officer, he grew up understanding that America’s destiny is entwined with that of the wider world.

Diplomacy takes stamina, passion and perspective, and John embodies these traits. He is relentless in the face of the most persistent obstacles — keeping alive the dream of peace in the Middle East, standing up to Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine, negotiating the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and signing an interim nuclear deal with Iran. And his work on climate change exemplifies these qualities. Addressing the dangers posed by global warming has long been a personal commitment for him. I know from experience just how hard this is. There’s nobody better suited to carry the cause forward than John Kerry. The people of the United States can be proud he’s representing America and its interests abroad. I know I am.

Clinton served as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State


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