Michael B. Jordan, Paul Feig, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the Hollywood producers and actors announcing plans to add inclusion riders to future productions. "I've been privileged to work with powerful women and persons of color throughout my career and it's Outlier's mission to continue to create for talented individuals going forward," Jordan said. "Thank you to @Inclusionists and Stacy L. Smith for their guidance and inspiration. We challenge other companies and studios to do the same," Feig tweeted.
"Marvel's Jessica Jones" Netflix series has an all-female lineup of directors for the second season after Allie Goss, vice president of Original Series at Netflix, decided to go beyond the plan to hire women to direct half of the episodes. Zetna Fuentes, Jennifer Getzinger, Neasa Hardiman, Jennifer Lynch and Jet Wilkinson are among the directors tackling the new season.
Nancy Dubuc has accepted the position of CEO at Vice Media after stepping down as A+E Networks chief where she oversaw the creation of the TV channel Viceland, as well as shows such as "Vikings" and "Six." Dubuc has been vocal about Vice's public problems with harassment and its "bro-y culture" but says the company is making strides with its female-led diversity and inclusion advisory council.
Civil Rights activist Viola Desmond is the new face on Canada's $10 bill, making her the first Canadian woman to appear on its currency. Desmond owned her own salon and beauty school in Halifax and made history when she refused to give up her seat in a segregated movie theater in 1946 and was convicted of tax evasion for not paying a $0.01 premium on her ticket.
Female students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers declines between middle school and college, according to a study published by Microsoft that surveyed more than 6,000 girls and young women. The study found that mentors, hands-on instruction and encouragement from parents and educators can help reverse the trend.
The New York based nonprofit Funny Girls is teaching inner city girls ages 8 to 13 leadership skills through improv. Jenny Raymond, executive director for The Harnisch Foundation, believes that improv is ideal for teaching collaborative skills as there's no right or wrong, and notes, "Every contribution that the girls make is valued."
A total of 180 female CEOs, chief creatives, chief strategy officers and other leaders have united to create Time's Up Advertising -- an initiative with the goal of provoking discussion and tackling sexual harassment and gender inequality within the industry. A statement from the group said it aims to "drive new policies, practices, decisions and tangible actions that result in more balanced, diverse and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe cultures within the advertising industry."
Check out the research and memorable moments captured in this illustration of our Mascots Matter: Gender and Race Representation event made possible by The Jel Sert Company and hosted by J. Walter Thompson New York on March 8. The event explored: How are products being marketed to children through brand mascots? What role does gender and race play? Are boys and girls being marketed to differently, and if so, how does that affect the way they perceive gender roles? Panelists included Institute CEO Madeline Di Nonno; JWT New York Executive Creative Director Sarah Barclay; A&E Networks Editor in Chief History, Biography Tiffanie Darke; JWT New York Head of Strategy Torsten Gross; Adaptive Studio Vice President Alternative Programming Courtney Parker; and The Jel Sert Company Vice President of Marketing Laura Trevino.
Dr. Caroline Heldman, research lead for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, received the Media Equity Award at Stanford's 4th Annual Symposium on Equity in the Media Industry on March 9. The award was presented by Stanford Professor Kathleen Tarr, and keynote speaker was Patricia Velasquez, founder of Wayuu Taya Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public and funding ways to improve conditions of Latin American indigenous groups. Read more.
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