'Elle' UK #MoreWomen Campaign Shows Unsettling Truth of Photoshopping Men Out of Politics

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Out of the 22 people running for president in 2016, only two of them are women. 

Elle U.K. is confronting this imbalance directly through the magazine's #MoreWomen campaign, launched on Oct. 1 to celebrate women's global power. RSA Films created a video for Elle's initiative featuring iconic moments without men. By photoshopping them out of various images of political gatherings, viewers must confront how the the originally full rooms wind up nearly empty, time and time again. 

G8 leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, watch the Champion's League soccer final in 2012.

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Source: Elle UK/YouTube

Members of Parliament sit in the House of Commons.

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Source: Elle UK/YouTube

United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador and actress Emma Watson at the HeForShe campaign. 

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Source: Elle UK/YouTube

Military officials arrive at the White House to brief the U.S. Senate on strategy to combat Islamic State.

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Source: Elle UK/YouTube

President Barack Obama and his top security advisors sit in the Situation Room the day 9/11 orchestrator Osama bin Laden was killed.

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Source: Elle UK/YouTube

This wake-up call comes during the U.N. Security Council's debate on women and peace and security on Tuesday, during which U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the organization "must place women's leadership and protection of their rights at top of our agenda."

Watch Elle U.K.'s full video below:

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