I will try to keep this as short as possible in the interest of brevity. With that said, I think it is time for all of us to give a big "thank you" to Emma for having the courage to say what has needed to be said for a long time. It takes guts to stand up in front of the entire world and make a declaration for social change, to say things that make people uncomfortable, and generally take a stand for what you believe in. Since she has done this, there has been a shockwave of support throughout the entire world. Celebrities, who were silent on the subject before, have suddenly come forward echoing Emma's cries for gender equality. The HeForShe movement and what it stands for is resonating in political speeches as well as the current US Democratic debate. Reporters have added the question of gender equality to their staple of questions when conducting interviews with anyone of notoriety. Quite simply, Emma has successfully kicked off a social phenomenon. Where it will ultimately lead won't be known for some time; perhaps not for another three generations. However, I think we can all agree that it is long overdue and a step in the right direction.
With that said, I would like to give her a gift as a thank you. I also think it would be nice if that gift was from all of us. As a long time computer / IT guy, I have several contacts in the computer industry. I can, most likely, get a few companies to pitch in hardware since it will be very positive media attention for them.
Please take a look at this link before I continue:
The above example is similar to what I have in mind. With the obvious exception being the theme of the computer; which would be a HeForShe theme, naturally. Top of the line in terms of performance and boasting the colors and emblems of the HeForShe movement.
Now then, why am I posting here? I know times are economically challenging for most of us, at the moment. So I would like to simply run a poll here as to how many people would be interested in donating $5, $10, or more to making this a reality. Emma's birthday is on tax day; April 15th. So I would ideally like to have it build and ready to present to her then. Please let me know if you would be willing to chip in on this.