Studies examine effects of digital media on children | Women can play key role in Star Wars future | Hathaway to help honor female leaders in journalism
November 8, 2012
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Studies examine effects of digital media on children
While teachers see broad benefits from children’s embrace of digital media it is contributing to challenges in the classroom, according to two new reports from Common Sense Media and the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Educators, policy makers and parents are expressing concern around adverse effects on children’s attention spans and perseverance in the face of challenges. The Huffington Post/The Blog (11/5)
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Women can play key role in Star Wars future
Princess Leia and Mara Jade are among the strong, well-rounded female characters to come out of the Star Wars universe, which treats women as full characters, not just adjuncts to male characters. "Women don't just get to be impressive stand-alone characters," Alyssa Rosenberg writes of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, the Star Wars umbrella that includes the related licensed novels, games, graphic novels and comics under the Star Wars brand. "In fact, one of the strengths of the Expanded Universe is that it tells so many stories about relationships between men and women who are equally competent and equally complex." Slate (10/31)
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Hathaway to help honor female leaders in journalism
Actor Anne Hathaway is slated to host the Women's Media Center's 2012 Women?s Media Awards later this month. This year?s award recipients include Martha Nelson, editorial director of Time Inc., all-platform CNN journalist Sarah Hoye, and "E! Investigates" host Laura Ling. (11/1)
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Trends & Insights
How does media affect women's STEM perceptions?
Decades of research demonstrate the effects of stereotyped images in the media on women's pursuits of careers in science and technology careers, according to a new white paper by FEM Inc. Download the full report. FEM Executive Summary (11/05)
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Women raise their voices in U.S. election
Women played a critical role in Tuesday's elections in the U.S., helping to give incumbent President Barack Obama a win and ushering in a new era for women in the Congress. A record-setting number of women were elected to the Senate, with New Hampshire electing an all-woman leadership team for Congress and the governor?s seat. Forbes (11/7)
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Ideas in Action
Event seeks to inspire girls by making STEM fun
Schools and businesses in western Michigan are taking steps to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. They recently came together for the STEM Girl Genious Conference, where more than 100 girls participated in hands-on projects and interacted with STEM professionals. "I'd like the girls to realize that anything is possible; that the old world and old ideas are really gone. Girls have great opportunities, especially in the STEM world," event co-creator Armen Oumedian said. WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (11/4)
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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media News
Davis addresses Dallas women about media issues
Geena Davis spoke on Wednesday at the Dallas Women's Foundation luncheon. The Academy Award-winning actor highlighted the need for stronger portrayals of female characters in film and television.
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Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at 70."
-- Dorothy Thompson,
American journalist and radio broadcaster
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