NEW YORK – Johnnie Walker, a brand of Scotch whisky now owned by Diageo, is proud to unveil Jane Walker, the first-ever female iteration of the brand’s iconic Striding Man logo.
According to the Johnnie Walker brand, with maker Diageo, it will be donating US$1 from each sold to organizations championing women’s causes where a bottle goes for US$34.
Johnnie Walker Black Label -The Jane Walker Edition will be available to whisky fans nationwide beginning in March to coincide with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations.
For more than a century, the Striding Man has been a Johnnie Walker icon and an important part of the brand’s history.
While his look has had subtle changes over the years, he has always conveyed the brand’s unique point of view and symbolized moving forward.
As a brand that has stood for progress for nearly 200 years, Johnnie Walker is proud to take this next step forward by introducing Jane Walker as another symbol of the brand’s commitment to progress.
Women have played a significant role in the brand’s history dating back to 1893, when John Walker & Sons purchased the Cardhu distillery from Elizabeth Cumming.
Cardhu is one of the single malts that comprises Johnnie Walker Black Label and is considered the heartbeat of the blend.
“Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organizations that share our mission,” commented Stephanie Jacoby, Vice President of Johnnie Walker.
“We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.”
One organization Johnnie Walker will be supporting is Monumental Women, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a monument honoring America’s women suffragists in New York City’s Central Park, where there are 23 statues of historical figures but not one honoring a real woman.
Johnnie Walker is proud to partner with this incredible organization on a historic initiative that will make public representations of important women and people of all backgrounds a reality in the future.
“We are here to move history forward. Our project honors Stanton and Anthony as well as all the women who fought for the largest nonviolent revolution in the history of this nation, when over half the population won the right to vote.
It’s an instant history lesson.
But most of all, it’s about completing the journeys toward justice of the valiant women who came before us and achieving the full equality for women that they were denied.
Monumental change is coming. We thank Johnnie Walker for their support and recognizing the importance of Women’s History,” said Pam Elam, President, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund and its Monumental Women Campaign.
The introduction of the first-ever female brand icon and the Jane Walker Edition bottle represent Johnnie Walker’s commitment to inspire and champion the diverse communities moving our country forward.
Johnnie Walker Black Label – The Jane Walker Edition will be available nationwide starting March 2018 wherever fine spirits are sold, with a suggested retail price of US$34.00 (750 ml/bottle, 40% ABV).