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Last week, Stephen Colbert wrote a sincere and hilarious essay for Glamour Magazine in which he pledged that his new CBS late night show will be for women. With all the current changes happening in late night, many of us ladies have repeatedly brought up the point that women are clearly missing from the late night game. Even with people all over voicing our strong objection to this ridiculous gap in representation, late night shows continue to be dominated by male hosts. That’s why it was at least somewhat refreshing to hear one of the men of late night acknowledge this problem. Read More
Emmy-award winning director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh met Carlene Borden when she was 65 years old and had already served over three decades in a Missouri prison for the murder of her husband, Delbert. The court refused to enter the years of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse she endured at Delbert's hands into evidence. It didn’t consider the time he severely beat their daughter, following her recent spinal surgery. It failed to acknowledge the fact that every time he walked into a room, their son would wet his pants in fear. Read More
Women may have a long history in the nursing profession, but that doesn’t mean that female nurses have a leg up on the guys when it comes to overall salary. According to recent reporting by NPR, it turns out that male nurses make anywhere from $3,900 to $7,700 more than their female counterparts. Cue disgust and lady rage. Admittedly, the wage gap is a dynamic and complex issue that’s about way more than an apples-to-apples assessment of who makes more money. Read More
Loved it when Kristen Bell took on minimum wage issues as the magical Mary Poppins? Christina Hendricks serves up just as much sass in her Mad Men take on the current issue of gender equality in the workplace.  Joan Harris serves up the modern workplace with a nice dose of 1960s hypocrisy in this Funny or Die video. Read More
Last month, feminist group The Kilroys released THE LIST.  There are three qualifications which a play must fulfil in order to be eligible for THE LIST. It “must have been 1.) unproduced or have had only a single professional production 2.) by an author who identifies as female and 3.) among the most excellent seen or read by the industry professional within the previous twelve months.”  Released last month, THE LIST offers a positive solution to the issue of gendered exclusivity on the stage. Read More
  This week the New York Film Academy blog released a study on gender inequality in the film industry, presenting some truly dire statistics about women both in front of and behind the camera. The data is drawn from the top 500 movies of the past five years and comes in the form of a series of infographics that showcase just how unbalanced the industry really is. First there’s the familiar information: women are much more likely than men to be shown onscreen partially naked or in revealing clothing. Read More
If you’ve ever sold yourself short professionally, there might be more at work than you think. A new study sheds light on some of the reasons why women tend to give their colleagues more credit than they give themselves, especially when working on stereotypically masculine tasks with male co-workers. The 'Who-Me?' face is probably not your best workplace look. Read More
Women have always been unrepresented in the creation of film and media. In fact, in the past 85 years, women directors have only been nominated for an Oscar four times. Fandor, an independent film streaming service, has recently put together an infographic that reveals the extent of Hollywood’s current challenge: the lack of women directors.  Mira Nair on the set of Mississippi Masala Check out the infographic below which shows the true statistics of female directors in Hollywood as well as women’s recent successes in independent film. Read More
A new study from the University of Michigan shows a strong relationship between active feminism and gender/sexual harassment at work. Fun! According to Kathryn Holland, a leading author in the study, "Women openly engaging in activism for women's rights may pose a more obvious threat to the existing gender hierarchy—a hierarchy that grants more power to men than women…men may therefore feel greater motivation to sexually harass women who endorse feminist ideology." Immediately, Lewis’ Law comes to mind. Read More
The ballots have closed on this year’s Academy Awards, but one thing for sure is that the winner of Best Director is definitely going to be a man. Again. In order to raise awareness about the gender imbalance in Hollywood, peeps over at Indiewire put out this video to remind everyone that some pretty awesome lady-produced movies out that deserve another look. This is the second year they have made a vid to raise awareness and promote a more gender equal industry. Read More