Young Women Ask Macy's "Where Are The Female Balloons?"

Chalk this up as Thanksgiving's most lovable (and appropriate) protest. A group of young women are asking Macy's for some more gender parity--in their Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. The girls, from the group "Hardy Girls, Healthy Women" have asked Macy's to consider adding more female characters to their inflatable repertoire, so girls can have role models to (literally) look up to.

Yep. In 84 years of the famed parade, only ten featured characters have been female--out of 129! And that doesn't count the scantily-clad dancers in the parade itself. We all know that everyone just cares about those giant balloons. The girls from Hardy Girls have suggested characters like Hermione Granger and Pippi Longstocking, among others.

According to their statement, "Hardy Girls Healthy Women have initiated a petition that asks Macy’s Inc CEO, Terry J. Lundgren, to commit to building an equal number of female characters balloons into the parade line-up. "

There's no question that these young women are going to be on the front lines fighting for gender equality in years to come. So if you want to support them, sign their petition.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 24, 2010, 6:25am

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