The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Lyda Hill Philanthropies were celebrated for groundbreaking research on the representations of women in STEM at the EQUALS in Tech awards presentation during the UN's Internet Governance Forum. Our research study, the first of its kind, validates the profound absence of diverse, female STEM characters and storylines in popular media. The research was recognized and awarded in front of hundreds of global decision makers and policy officials. Mary Ellen Holden, New York Council Lead for the Institute, accepted the award on behalf of the parties and spoke to the value of this research to help close the digital gender divide. As Davis says, "[T]here's one category of gross inequality where the under-representation of women can be fixed absolutely overnight: on screen." Read more.
The Sundance Film Festival is close to achieving gender parity with its 2020 films in competition being comprised of 65 directors, 46% of which are women, 38% are people of color and 12% are LGBTQ+. Eliza Hittman, Kim A. Snyder and Julie Taymor are among the filmmakers screening at this year's event.
The Television Academy Hall of Fame has announced its list for the 2020 class of honorees that includes Oxygen Media co-founder Geraldine Laybourne and actor Cicely Tyson. The ceremony, which honors those that have made substantial contributions to the arts and sciences of television, is set to take place on Jan. 28.
Academy Award-winning actor Helen Mirren is set to receive the Honorary Golden Bear lifetime achievement award at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February. "She surprises us time and again with her interpretation of complex characters -- whether it's Chris in 'Calendar Girls' or Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Queen,' her portrayals are a paradigm of strong women," Berlinale Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek says.
Actor Gal Gadot, otherwise known as Wonder Woman from the DC Comics franchise, is set to executive produce a US version of "Queens," an Isareli drama about the women of the Malka family. The series was the highest-rated show on Israel's HOT channel.
Procter & Gamble's Secret brand has launched an Instagram campaign to support "Women-Owned Wednesdays," which features a directory on its Instagram page showcasing 100 women-owned businesses across the US. The push includes pinned Instagram Stories showcasing women-owned businesses in select cities and shoppable videos encouraging users to buy from women-owned businesses in Cincinnati, where P&G is based.
L'Oreal USA has begun accepting applications for the 2020 L'Oreal USA Women in Science program with the submission period closing Jan. 31. The program awards a $60,000 grant, as well as mentoring and other support, to five women postdoctoral scientists to help them advance research in any scientific field.
Watch the presentation from the 3% Conference here, featuring Elizabeth Kilpatrick, VP Development & Operations at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, and Mackenzie Thomas, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead, Consumer Apps at Google.
2019 EQUALS in Tech Research Award
(EQUALS Global Partnership/YouTube)
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