Like many women across Stanford, Christie Hartono (Class of ‘19) took a stand during International Women’s Month. Christie, a sophomore majoring in Communications with a focus on Media Studies, introduced a hub for Mogul, a platform for women worldwide to voice their opinions, to the Stanford community. Along with the Mogul team, Christie launched the #ReadMyLips campaign to Stanford in support of women’s rights, equality and health issues.
The international campaign allows women to publicly voice their opinions about women's rights and write messages directly to President Donald Trump that will be delivered to the White House in April 5, 2017.
Stanford University chapter president Christie Hartono (Class of '19) collaborated with the Mogul team to launch the hub and campaign.
Why “#ReadMyLips”? Mogul chose the name based on “the association with a certain part of the female anatomy.” Furthermore, Mogul acknowledged a reference to a George H. W. Bush quote from the 1988 Republican National Convention, in which he said “Read my lips. No new taxes.” According to their website, the Mogul team hopes to use this campaign to reassociate this term with women’s rights.
“I cannot stress the importance for women to have access to equal opportunities, and it’s about time that we all come together to ensure our voices heard loud and clear.” Christie says.
Mogul was founded in 2014 as a monitored technology platform that connected women to articles, videos, products, jobs and discussions. Mogul's site displays the top trending items in the world, and users can also tailor the platform’s feeds by following certain users and filtering the types of posts they are shown. Content comes from third party sites, Mogul writers and original work from users. The site has been read by over 18 million women in 196 countries.
Students interested in getting involved can create an account at https://onmogul.com/read_my_lips and making a post with #ReadMyLips in the title.