Calling all women in the military and female veterans!
Veteran’s Day 2016 Campaign.
We want to promote the diversity and celebrate the accomplishments of women who serve or have served! Over 15% of the active force and 9% of the U.S. veteran population, or 2.2 million women, are veterans in the United States. Women are the largest growing sub-population of veterans today. While our visibility is growing, we would like to help bridge the civilian-military divide by continuing to build awareness of these amazing women in our local communities.
We’re inviting you to record a simple 15 second video, saying you served, or are still serving to help change the stereotypical (male) “face” of American veterans.
We are working with an informal coalition of over 20 women’s and veterans organizations to amplify your voices and profiles. Thank you for sharing our passion for women’s equality!
We’ll all use the same script. This is for ease of use, and to keep a common theme, generating greater visibility.
“I’m (name), I served in the [USAF/Navy/Army/USMC/USCG]. This is what a veteran looks like.” (Pause) “I SERVED/SERVE”
Please say the “I serve/d” slowly as we will be clipping this quote from each of you and adding to a 3 min PSA.
See example here.
When your video is complete, just email it to IServedWomenVets@gmail.com and we’ll take it from there!
We are editing/consolidating these into one 3 minute PSA to be distributed nationally on Veteran’s Day 2016.
We will also post a daily featured individual video on Twitter and Instagram (@LeanInMilitary, @LeanInWomenVets @Think_Broader). Please repost, share and comment.
DEADLINE: OCT 30, 2016.
To reach the widest audience, please help by reposting using some the following hashtags and handles:
#IServed or #IServe #WomenVeterans
@USMC, @USArmy, @USAirForce, @USNavy, @USCG, @think_broader
TIPS TO GET STARTED
- Equipment: All you need is a phone that takes video and a tripod for a stable shot.
- Keep it Brief: 15 seconds or less.
- Rehearse: Rehearse a few times, to get comfortable with the process.
- Set the Tone: Be proud! Be confident! Be you.
- Consider location: We’re looking for a large cross section of our society. Film yourself in the gym, at your desk, in the aisle of the grocery store, at your children’s school, going through airborne school, at NASA, or the local coffee shop. Diversity!
- Eye Contact and Gestures: Think of the camera as the conduit to your audience. Look directly into the lens as if you are connecting with the audience.
- Be Grounded in your Strength: Before you begin, think of your authentic strength and where you draw your power from. Hold yourself high! Your body will respond by displaying a high level of confidence as you begin your video.
- There’s no “Right Way”: Your video is an individual expression of you. Remember that there is no “right way” to make a video. Each one will be as beautifully unique as you are, and that’s our goal!
Invited and participating organizations:
Lean In Military
Lean In Women Veterans
Think Broader Foundation
Final Salute Inc.
We are the Mighty
American Women Veterans
Got Your 6
End Gender Bias in the Military
Travis Manion Foundation
Vet 2 Vet / Facebook
Beauties and Boots / Facebook
SERVICE: Women Who Serve / FB
Women In Defense
America’s Warrior Partnership
Center for Women Veterans
Ms. Veteran America
Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
Vet Tech Trek
Army Women’s Facebook Mentoring Page
We are the Mighty
Vets in Film
GI Film Festival
NYC Veterans Alliance
NASA Women Veterans
ALEX QUADE FILMS
Women’s Veteran Alliance
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Jewish War Veterans
Women Veterans of America
Army Women’s Foundation
Women in Congress (4)
Whom have we missed? Please share with others who support the sisterhood of arms.
*Note: Submission of a video or picture equates to consent for us to use your image for this campaign.
**DoD does not allow service members to wear uniforms while participating in this video campaign.