McWomen’s Day, Anyone?
To celebrate International Women’s Day, McDonald’s took an interesting stand against the patriarchy by turning the trademark golden arches upside down at a location in Lynwood, California, and all over social media. Toygar Bazarkaya, the chief creative officer of the agency that helped pioneer the idea, said that it is “as simple as it is bold” in a statement. Many people are rightfully criticizing the company for celebrating women through a bizarre performative campaign instead of, you know, providing change and support for female employees. Check out the full story at Adweek.
The New York Times Is Fixing the Record
In a new collection titled “Overlooked,” The New York Times aims to remember those who weren’t properly honored, but should have been. “Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries…the vast majority chronicled the lives of men, mostly white ones; even in the last two years, just over one in five of our subjects were female,” wrote Amisha Padnani and Jessica Bennett. This new feature, which the Times plans on updating weekly, will highlight amazing women — among them, Ida B. Wells, Qiu Jin, and Marsha P. Johnson — who didn’t receive their timely obituaries. Read the feature here.
New Study Shows Disturbing Work Assignment Trends
This week, The Harvard Business Review published a report on who in the workforce is performing “office housework,” tasks ranging from taking notes to ordering lunch. Spoiler alert: it’s mostly women of color, who are 35% less likely than white men to have equal access to bigger, more desirable assignments. (White women are 20% less likely.) Find out why, and how we can fix the gap, in the HBR’s article.
…and Women of Color Need More Space In The Media, Too
In another study that’s upsetting to read (especially on International Women’s Day), The Poynter Institute reports that under 8% of those who work in U.S. print newsrooms are women of color. It’s a percentage that is slightly better on local TV news stations (12.6%) and even worse in radio (6.2%). “Many talented women of color are rising through the ranks,” producer, reporter, and PBS host Ann Curry told Poynter. “One of the most significant reasons they fail is that men tend to groom men.” Read the full report on Poynter’s website.
Reese Witherspoon Introduces Plus-Sized Clothing Line
Reese Witherspoon’s fashion line, Draper James, was launched in 2015 and offered women’s clothing from size 0 to 14. One of the biggest critiques online, though? Two thirds of American women wear bigger sizes than that. Now, Witherspoon has joined forces with plus-size retailer Eloquii to offer sizes 14 through 28. Read all about it in her interview with Glamour.
The NYPD Is Ready To Arrest Harvey Weinstein
According to The Daily Beast, a police official has shared that the NYPD is prepared to arrest Harvey Weinstein for felony sexual assault following five separate investigations. So what needs to happen next? The police need the go-ahead from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Read more on The Daily Beast.
L.A. City Attorney Rejects Terry Crews’ Sexual Assault Complaint
Back in October, Terry Crews was the first man to publicly say #MeToo when he tweeted about a “Hollywood executive” (later revealed to be William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit) who groped him at a party. Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter shared that the complaint was declined “due to the lapse in statute of limitations,” according L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer. Read the Hollywood Reporter’s coverage here.
Michael B. Jordan Will Adopt Inclusion Riders
Less than a week after Frances McDormand called for inclusion riders in her Oscars speech, Michael B. Jordan shared on Instagram that he will be adopting an inclusion rider for all future projects produced by his company, Outlier Society. “I’ve been privileged to work with powerful women & persons of color throughout my career & it’s Outlier’s mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward,” he wrote, and we all fell in love with him even more.
Unfortunately, Rachel Dolezal Is The Subject Of An Upcoming Documentary
Filmmaker Laura Brownson’s feature documentary The Rachel Divide, about “transracial” Rachel Dolezal, will premiere on Netflix on April 27. Instead of allowing a white woman to continue to profit off of a racial identity that is not hers to claim, though, we recommend reading Ijeoma Oluo’s beautiful interview and feature on Dolezal and whiteness, published in April 2017 on The Stranger.
Published March 8, 2018
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Lydia Wang is a writer, pug enthusiast, and hopeless romantic. She lives in New York, writes for BUST, and overshares on Twitter: @lydiaetc.