13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Best in Gender Equality

This award honors a program, project, or initiative that encourages and fights for equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities for all genders.

See previous winners and honorees here.


The concept of acceptance virtually defines Mastercard’s products and services. Having your name on a Mastercard effectively allows retailers to “accept” you at the point of sale. But in recent years, acceptance has taken on an even deeper meaning for the brand. For many in the LGBTQIA+ community, the name on their card does not reflect their t…
Combating Hate by Celebrating the Visibility of the Transgender and Non-Binary Community
Held annually on March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge those who are able to live openly and authentically. This year was especially poignant, as attacks against the community have been more harmful and dangerous than ever.  By March 2020, …
Fundamental: Gender Justice. No Exceptions.
Fundamental is a 5-part docu-series presented by Youtube Originals and produced by the Global Fund for Women. The series premiered on March 4th, 2020, in conjunction with Women’s History Month and rolled out weekly on the Refinery29 YouTube channel. It was directed by the brilliant two-time Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Make Some Noise :: #WomensHistoryMonth
For International Women’s day we wanted to celebrate women in an unapologetic and empowering way.
The Moment
In 2019, Citi released their raw pay gap data —the first financial institution to do so. We’ve all heard about the gender pay gap, but it’s about more than equal pay. It’s also about female representation in senior leadership. When Citi published their pay gap numbers, they discovered this was the area in which they fell short. To fix this problem…
The Pledge for Paternity Leave
Since 2010, Dove Men+Care has been committed to expanding men’s opportunities to care by addressing stereotypes around masculinity, fatherhood and sports. In 2018, the brand grew its purpose from simply celebrating the caring role of men to driving action around an issue that’s been preventing dads from caring – the lack of paternity leave. Thr…


#MBAchicTakeover Series
As more women pursue their potential and make their way into the C-suite and into leadership positions, business, government and society benefit. MBAchic is a community and platform for MBA and professional women focused on making investing in education and careers, to propel them into those C-suites and positions, more accessible. The #MBAchicTakeover seri…
A Piece Of Me
For decades, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has promoted the abandonment of female genital mutilation (FGM); an extreme violation of the rights of women and girls, and a manifestation of deeply entrenched gender inequality. With 68 million girls at risk of being mutilated by 2030, UNFPA had to reach beyond its usual audience in the developmen…
Built By Girls set up this event for young professionals to learn important networking tips and tric
Verizon Media brands In The Know and Built by Girls partnered to cover the Built by Girls networking event, "Girl, You Better {net}Work," a night focused on teaching young professionals important career tips and tricks. The workshop was hosted at NYC’s Verizon Media office where Verizon Media staff volunteered to mentor high school and college-aged students…
CMT Equal Play
Equal Play does not exist for female artists in country music. Women’s powerful voices and legendary songs have defined country music, yet they are not played, streamed, toured, signed, or awarded at a level they deserve. The 2019 Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found only 16% of all country artists are female. Dr. Jada E. Watson’s 2019 Gender Representat…
Marvel’s first-ever Latina writer speaks on what she brought to the table for character America Chav
This entry is one in a series of In The Know videos featuring the MAKERS conference, a three-day summit geared toward advancing and inspiring women around the globe.   In this video, we spoke with comic writer Gabby Rivera who incorporates diverse characters into her stories — specifically, Latin-American LGBTQIA+ young women. Rivera also holds the title…
Social media star Stephanie Shepherd advocates for climate change action through her platform 'Futur
This entry is one of a series of videos In The Know produced featuring the MAKERS conference, a three-day summit geared toward advancing and inspiring women around the globe.   In this video, we spoke to social media star Stephanie Shepherd on how she uses her platform to advocate for climate change actions.  Our main goal in attending this conference…

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