ELLE Japon Celebrates its 25th Anniversary by Hosting Event to Encourage Working Women!
On Saturday June 14, ELLE Japon hosted the first ever “Women in Society” talk show event to celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary. The event took place at Roppongi Academyhills, attracting over 500 women. ELLE Japon editor-in-chief Kaori Tsukamoto introduced the event by saying, “People may be surprised at ELLE Japon hosting such an event. One of the missions of ELLE magazine, which began in France after the Second World War, was to join forces with readers to show women ways to master employment, marriage and childbirth. This event continues that tradition.”
Women at the forefront of a range of fields from both Japan and overseas came together in the auditorium of the main venue to discuss women’s working lives and lifestyles from different perspectives. Staff from ELLE Japon, ELLE ONLINE and ELLE Shop as well as sponsor companies facilitated workshops on various aspects of women’s working lifestyles, such as workplace fashion and makeup techniques. ELLE archives including the first French edition and other items of interest were on display, fostering a lively atmosphere.
The inaugural edition of ELLE was launched in France in 1945 as a magazine supporting employment and social advancement for women who wanted to make their own choices. This was the same year that women in France earned the right to vote. ELLE Japon, inheriting the ELLE vision to “open your appetites!” will continue to empower women with initiatives focusing on the theme of “women and work.”
Quotes about “Women in Society” (in order of appearance, summarized)
“Believe in yourself. Be open to the world.”
Adriana Carneiro Ribeiro, Vice-President, LCV Quality, Renault S.A.S.
“It’s important to have a sound business model. I think cool business judgment is extremely important (for social initiatives as well).”
Emmy Suzuki Harris, Campaigns Director Japan, change.org
“I try to use data to demonstrate growth (to sustain motivation).”
Reina Otsuka, Founder and CEO, eco+waza, Japan
“In Japan, 90% of children who are unable to live with their parents live in a facility for infants, or in an orphanage. It’s insane. Children have a right to have a family.”
Kanae Doi, Japan Director, Human Rights Watch
To actively participate in the world, you need to learn to:
“Be confident, be curious and share different experiences.”
Valérie Toranian, Editor-in-chief of the French edition of ELLE magazine
“Hone your own individual skills, power up your communication, accustom yourself to an environment of diversity.”
Yukio Tomikura, Chief Editor, COURRiER Japon
“I juggle child-raising with my husband and my work.”
Yuka Itaya, Actress
“A base that feels like skin. Eyes that show purpose. That’s makeup for success.”
RIKA, Makeup artist
“My hope is that we can all value ourselves, not for the value society places on us – but for our unique knowledge, experiences and gifts.”
Cameron Russell, Top model and founder of Interrupt magazine
“Because life has become so convenient (with smartphones and so on), you really need to be careful about how you use your time. Such as setting a time after which you don’t check your email…It helps in maintaining a good work/life balance too.”
Naho Kono, Executive Officer, Rakuten
“People say that being a woman is a disadvantage, but I think you’re blessed if you think you’re lucky to be a woman! Sometimes, you may think you got an important assignment because you are a woman, but it is better to step up with a positive attitude.”
Yukiko Muto, President, OpenTable K.K.
“What I want to say is ‘Say no to compromise!’ You’ll always regret making compromises.”
Miki Iwamura, CMO of Google Japan, Marketing Director for Asia Pacific at Google
A very successful 1st edition!
Find out here a short report video of the event: