Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine brings female-focused stories to the forefront | Collider pays tribute to female directors | Showtime taps Sarandon for "Ray Donovan" guest role
March 16, 2017
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Geena Davis introduces EQUALS campaign
Geena Davis announces EQUALS
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Academy award-winning actor Geena Davis announces her support for ITU's EQUALS campaign as the United Nations' ITU Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT. "I have spent my life devoted to making sure women have equal opportunities in today's world. ... EQUALS is the global partnership to ensure that women and girls are equal participants in the digital technology revolution," Davis says in the video. ITU Blog
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Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine brings female-focused stories to the forefront
Reese Witherspoon talks production company
Witherspoon (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Academy award-winning actor Reese Witherspoon is making headlines as the executive producer and star of HBO's "Big Little Lies," but its her work behind the camera with her production company Pacific Standard that has been quietly changing the way women are portrayed on screen in films like "Wild" and "Gone Girl." Witherspoon is also working to bring more female-focused stories to the forefront with her digital media company, Hello Sunshine, which will start producing content this year. "I felt a responsibility to my daughter and all the women in the world to create more opportunities for women," Witherspoon said.
The Guardian (London) (3/11) 
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Collider pays tribute to female directors
Collider celebrates female directors
Rees (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Collider published a list of some of the most exciting female directors working inside and outside of Hollywood. "Pariah" director Dee Rees, "A Wrinkle in Time" director Ava DuVernay and "Homeland" director Lesli Linka Glatter are just a few of the women Collider profiles in this tribute. (3/8) 
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Showtime taps Sarandon for "Ray Donovan" guest role
Showtime taps Sarandon for "Ray Donovan" guest role
Sarandon (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Showtime has announced that Susan Sarandon will join "Ray Donovan" in a season-long guest starring role. The Academy award-winning actor will play movie studio head Samantha Winslow during season five, which is to debut this summer.
United Press International (3/13),  Variety (3/13) 
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Trends & Insights
UN report shows slow progress for women in politics
Women have made few gains in executive government around the world since 2015, finds the "Women in Politics 2017 Map" from UN Women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. While the map shows a drop in the number of women serving as Heads of State, there has been a notable increase in the number women leading countries since 2005, but little progress with female Ministers and Members of Parliament. "Power is still firmly in men's hands ... much remains to be done if women are to play on a level field with men," said IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong. UN Women/News Release
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Ideas in Action
UN Women launches equal pay platform
UN Women has partnered with the International Labor Organization to launch an initiative to raise awareness of the gender wage gap, which UN Women calls "the biggest robbery in history." Documentary filmmaker Kamala Lopez noted that "every one of us can be a champion for women and girls. There are no superpowers necessary."
Inter Press Service (3/14) 
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Orenstein's book discusses young women's attitudes toward sexual experiences
Peggy Orenstein's book "Girls & Sex," now available in paperback, delves into girls' views of their own sexuality. Orenstein spoke candidly in a TED Talk about the need to speak with girls from an early age about sex, bodies, pleasure and intimacy. Watch the video.
USA Today (3/2) 
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I don't want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself.
Emma Watson, actor, via Quotabelle
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