Geena Davis began her research at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to change the conversation around gender representation in the entertainment industry and has used that data to show studio executives and creators the lack of diverse characters in media. "[A] lot of what I've been doing is behind the scenes, frankly. My cause has not been educating the public because I have access to everybody in Hollywood and I decided I wanted the data to go directly to the creators privately," Davis said in this Q&A with Vogue.
Before she was a critically acclaimed director with Oscar and Emmy nominations, Ava DuVernay spent a large portion of her career in the entertainment industry as a public relations professional and even continued to work at her PR firm during her first five films. "[DuVernay Agency] specialized in projects that focused on people of color and women, and I feel it was really the prelude to actually making those types of stories, which is what I make now," said DuVernay.
Actors Mandy Moore and Niecy Nash have each been nominated this year for a Primetime Emmy Award -- Moore for her lead part in drama television series "This is Us" and Nash for her lead role in "When They See Us," Netflix's limited series. Both women discuss the challenges and triumphs of playing characters during different time periods, and therefore different stages of life.
The television rights to the "Jessica Darling" book series by Megan McCafferty was awarded to ABC Signature Studio; the popular books focus on the titular character Jessica's adolescence, college years and young adulthood. The studio also won the rights to a pilot script written by screenwriter and author Rebecca Serle.
The theatrical debut of documentary film "This Changes Everything" and the season three release of Netflix series "Glow" were on the same day, and both Geena Davis projects showcase her professional and personal passions of gender representation in media and acting in strong female roles. "In the 21st century, it was completely crazy to me that we would be teaching kids to have gender bias from minute one," she says. "When we should be showing them boys and girls equally because the world is very diverse." Davis will also be honored later this year with the Oscar's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, another combination of entertainment and activism.
Child influencers -- especially under 13 years -- are becoming more predominant as they amass millions of followers and the backing of big brands, but, unlike child performers, there are few legal protections for these digital stars, writes Alexandra Whyte. Children's digital media company Pocket.watch is trying to remedy the issue by building a field guide for working with young creators that governs hours of work, suitable content for youngsters and other matters and digital children's company SuperAwesome launched SafeFam, a free certification program that provides training, assessments and ongoing guidance for creators and brands.
Air Force avionics technician Lydia Kamps spoke at the Experimental Aircraft Association's GirlVenture Camp in Wisconsin, bringing an inspiring message to young women. "Not only do I get to share my experiences from flying general aviation and my time in the Air Force, I get to inspire others and give them direction for their aviation dreams," Kamps said.
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