For Immediate Release
October 05, 2020
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Kim Murphy, Citizen Relations

(BPRW) Secret Partners With YWCA to Launch #RaiseItUp Campaign To Help Women Impacted Most by the 2020 Pandemic

Secret’s #RaiseItUp Initiative Activates “Secret Missions” to Directly Support Women

(Black PR Wire) CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Secret Deodorant announced the launch of #RaiseItUp, a multi-phased initiative that empowers and supports women at a time when COVID-19 threatens to be the biggest setback to gender equality in a decade1.

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As part of Secret’s pledge to donate an additional $1 million in support of equality programs, the brand is taking immediate action in partnership with YWCA USA to establish a “Secret Missions” fund that will provide direct assistance to women. These “Secret Missions” will focus on childcare, career development and other key areas that make a difference in the lives of women and their families.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women and even further increased inequalities in opportunities and income for multicultural women,” said Freddy Bharucha, Senior Vice President, North America & Global Personal Care, Procter & Gamble. “Secret is proud to step up, in partnership with the YWCA, to provide assistance and opportunities to the women who need it the most. Together, we will #RaiseItUp for women everywhere.”

According to McKinsey & Company’s Women in the Workplace 2020 study, women—especially Black women and women of color—are more likely to have been laid off or furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis,2 stalling their careers and jeopardizing their financial security. In fact, the Department of Labor stated that out of the 700,000+ jobs that were eliminated in the first wave of pandemic layoffs, nearly 60 percent were held by women.3 Similarly, one in three mothers has considered leaving the workforce or downshifting her career since the pandemic, with household responsibilities, childcare and home-schooling listed as top contributing factors.

The 2020 pandemic has exacerbated many of the things women already face, and they have been shouldering the weight of the challenges brought on this year,” said Sara Saunders, Senior Brand Director, Secret & Gillette. “Through our #RaiseItUp initiative, we aim to not only celebrate the strength and resilience of women but also take meaningful action to support them in the areas of their life that mean the most.”

“COVID-19 has eroded many positive gains towards closing gender gaps and has placed added impediments for women to be sources of significant global growth,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA. “In order to mitigate those losses, it is imperative now more than ever that brand and organizations like Secret and YWCA USA unite to work to advance equality for all women through initiatives like #RaiseItUp. This partnership will help us continue to deliver programming, services, and other resources that support our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”

#RaiseItUp Campaign Details
Women are the coaches, players, trainers and fans in everyday life. From morning to night, they run non-stop. They are accepting the challenges thrown at them in 2020, and Secret is calling on women everywhere to share a photo on social media of what it means to them to #RaiseItUp.

Notable women, including WNBA stars Swin Cash and A’Ja Wilson, helped kick off a social media campaign, sharing their own personal #RaiseItUp images and inviting women to share how they “raise it up” – at home, at work, for their families and, most importantly, for themselves.

Join Secret to help #RaiseItUp for women by:

Secret x WNBA Finals TV Commercial
Developed internally by P&G in-house creative team, Secret also debuted a new television commercial during the WNBA finals on Sunday, Oct. 4. The :60 second spot features the work of two dynamic, creative Black women: an original poem by poet, author and activist, Jasmine Mans, and it was directed by Chassidy Jade, who also works to give opportunities to high school graduates interested in film, specifically young Black women and women of color. Cameos include some of the WNBA’s biggest stars, including newly minted Most Valuable Player (MVP) A’Ja Wilson and WNBA “Wubble Moms” Phoenix Mercury’s Bria Hartley and Candice Dupree of the Indiana Fever.

  • No Sweat Here (:60) - The spot highlights the challenges women have faced as a result of COVID-19. Provocative and bold, Jasmine’s work embodies what it means to elevate women’s voices, especially those of Black and Latinx women. Through her poetry in Secret’s new spot, Mans tells a story that unites all women in their strength.

About Secret
Secret was the first antiperspirant brand designed specifically for women, and for the past 60 years, Secret has been on the forefront of women’s lives, leading with innovation designed to provide superior odor and wetness protection. Through the years, the brand has proudly supported women’s advancement and equality through its campaigns and communications. Its latest campaign, “All Strength, No Sweat,” is a continuation of this commitment to women, celebrating those who boldly challenge the status quo, push through barriers and stand up for what they believe in, without “sweating” the obstacles that may come their way. Secret challenges women everywhere to be all strength, no sweat.

About YWCA
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families. YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform.

Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls.

1COVID-19 is the Biggest Setback to Gender Equality in a Decade
World Economic Forum, July 1, 2020

2Kinsey & Company: Women in the Workplace 2020

3S. Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics

4COVID-19 and gender equality: Countering the regressive effects
McKinsey & Company

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Source: Procter & Gamble