Adweek tells background of Sarah’s new ad

Here’s today’s Adweek article that talks about the people who helped put together Sarah’s video for the National Women’s Law Center.

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Droga5 was just 2 years old in 2008, with nothing like the profile it has now, when it teamed up with Sarah Silverman for “The Great Schlep,” encouraging Jews to visit their grandparents in Florida and get them to vote for Barack Obama.

“The Great Schlep” won millions of views along with a slew of ad awards. (Talking to Adweek earlier this year, Silverman called the reaction to it “a big beautiful surprise.”) Now, she and the New York agency have reunited for another hilarious political campaign, the “Equal Payback Project,” aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women.

The project, benefiting the National Women’s Law Center, which advocates for equal pay, is essentially a giant fundraiser, with a ludicrously lofty goal of raising almost $30 trillion—a figure calculated by multiplying the 69 million working women by the amount ($435,049) each one stands to lose, on average, to the wage gap over the course of her career.

Silverman explains the project in the amusing video below. But then, realizing that goal is unlikely to be met, she embarks on an even more drastic plan to get the money she deserves.

“It’s insane that equal pay is still something we’re fighting for in 2014,” says Karen Short, creative director at Droga5. “More than 50 years have passed since the Equal Pay Act, and the typical woman is still making only 78 cents to a man’s dollar. We want to breathe new life into an old issue still relevant to the modern working women. It’s a wake-up call for us to take charge of our financial fates.”

“Equal pay may not be a sexy issue, but it’s an important one,” says Casey Rand, Droga5 creative director. “And it is absurd. Young women need to know what’s at stake. And we knew that to get them to engage, we’d need to play up that absurdity.”

The video points to EqualPaybackProject.com, which goes live today and will collect donations through the end of the month. It’s powered by Tilt, a crowdfunding platform, and was funded by The Ipsos Girls’ Lounge.

The idea and original script for the video came from the creatives at Droga5; Silverman worked on the script, too, after signing up for the project.

“The wage gap is stubborn, it’s persistent and it’s outrageous,” says NWLC co-president Marcia D. Greenberger. “We’re thrilled that Sarah Silverman is bringing her prodigious talents and brand of irreverent humor to bear on a very serious issue for women and their families. We hope she opens hearts and minds—and a few pocketbooks—to provide the resources to close the wage gap once and for all.”

See some infographics and posters from the campaign, along with credits, [at bottom of source article]. And check out our Q&A with Silverman from earlier this year on the joys and terrors of politically charged advertising.

Go here to see full credits for the PSA video.

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