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Women’s Media Center’s fourth edition of The Status of Women in U.S. Media highlights how all platforms of media are failing women. In particular, film and television continue to let down women. The number of women involved behind the camera in movies has stayed fairly static. Women make up only 17 percent of all directors, cinematographers, writers, editors, executive producers and producers from the top 250 movies from the United States in 2014. This is up one percent from 2013, but is equal to the amount of women behind the camera in 1998 and a decrease from 2001. Read More
 c/o: TaylorSwiftVEVO Ever since Taylor Swift entered the music industry, there has been a running joke in the media about her being a serial dater, emotional and, of course, if a boy breaks up with her, she will write a song about it, dammit. In her new video for “Blank Space,” directed by Joseph Kahn, Swift appropriates the persona created by the media and personifies her lyrics, “Darling, I’m a nightmare/dressed like a daydream.” Swift has shed her bouncy curls and Love Story-era dreams and owns this cray personality and takes matters into her own hands. Read More
There are more than 124 women who will be taking the stage this weekend at the "Women in the World: Stories + Solutions" summit to speak about their stories, accomplishments, and missions for change. One of the attendees was the magnificent Hillary Rodham Clinton, who got the ball rolling with a critique of a media-driven double standard for women. “The double standard is alive and well," Clinton notes, "and I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence....I think the media needs to be, you know, more self-consciously aware of that. Read More
  It all started with a vagina. Earlier this spring, a Facebook support group directed towards moms posted a picture of an anatomically correct vulva. The group boasted a readership of around 22,000, and the image was clearly meant for education, empowerment, and advocacy. It fell in line with the other discussion topics on Motherwise – which writes about “breastfeeding, parenting issues, and birthing options,” as well as serving as a platform for discourse and community. Within three hours, the picture was taken down. Read More
Former SEAL Matt Bissonnette (pen name Mark Owen) has written a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and in the book as well as in last week’s 60 Minutes interview, he highlights the success of the female mastermind behind the raid. The woman, who goes by “Jen” in the book, No Easy Day, was certain bin Laden was in the compound they found him in.  The interviewer, Scott Pelley, asks Bissonnette about "Jen's" success. “She told you that her confidence that Osama bin Laden was in the compound was 100 percent,” Pelley said. Read More
A new survey released by the Women’s Media Center (a non-profit organization founded by Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan) revealed that roughly three-quarters of the presidential coverage in newspapers is written by men.  The survey included well-known papers such as The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.  From January 1 to April 25, 76% of articles were written by men, and from April 16 to August 25, 72% of articles were written by men. Read More