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October 25, 2012
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Universal's Langley sets sights on the future
Serving as a mentor to the next generation of young women who want to get into the movie business is a main focus for Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures. "I think women have a unique way of multi-tasking and being sort of the ultimate diplomats, and those are two skills that come in really handy in our business," Langley says in this interview. CNN (10/9)
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Are women gaining ground in animation?
The animated feature industry has long been dominated by men, but Disney?s latest animated film, "Secret of the Wings," which is focused on the character of Tinker Bell, shows some female filmmakers are gaining clout in the sector. In addition to ?Secret of the Wings? (directed by Peggy Holmes), female directors have been behind "Persepolis" (Marjane Satrapi), "Kung Fu Panda 2" (Jennifer Yuh), and "Brave" (Brenda Chapman) in recent years. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Speakeasy blog (10/21), Variety.com (free content) (10/4)
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Poll tracks women's views on women in business
When it comes to getting ahead in business, women may be their own worst enemies, writes Cerian Jenkins. In an Oxygen Media poll, 65% of women who responded said they resented women who are in power, or who act as if they are in power. "This pervading culture of comparison could work for the positive; but only if women start treating the issue as one of a non-gendered meritocracy and use it to healthily fuel their own and other women's ambitions," Jenkins concludes. The Huffington Post (10/18)
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Presidential election may demonstrate large gender gap in politics
There appears to be a large gender gap in this presidential election: Women favor President Barack Obama, and men tend to support Mitt Romney. The gender gap isn't new to American politics, and it seemed to intensify after reproductive rights became a focus of presidential campaigns following the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The gap may be due to the fact that women tend to be more liberal when it comes to social issues. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/21)
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Davis partners with Rutgers on women in media initiative
Geena Davis is lending her support to Rutgers University?s newly-formed Institute for Women?s Leadership Women & Media Initiative. The Academy Award-winning actor visited the university to attend classes, meet with administrators and deliver a lecture where she spoke about the importance of positive roles for women in media. New Jersey Online (10/18)
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Missouri women honored on Title IX anniversary
Reba Sims, the first female to be hired as a coach by Missouri State University, was among the women to be honored at Springfield's commemoration of Title IX?s 40th anniversary. ?And I couldn?t even imagine what the progress would be (today) when it started. ... You can just look at all the opportunities (girls) have from grade school all the way up to learn skills and be taught by very qualified people that really take an interest in that particular sport," Sims said. News-Leader (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) (10/24)
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-- Royale Scuderi, writing at Lifehack.org
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Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media Founded by Academy Award®-winning actor Geena Davis, the Institute is the only research-based organization working with media and entertainment companies with cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy programs to dramatically improve how girls and women are reflected in media targeting children 11 and under. For more information visit: www.seejane.org.
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