Dame Helen Mirren has chosen to portray some strong female characters, among some of the real-life ones:
In the run-up to the glitz and glamor of Sunday’s Oscars, Dame Helen hosted the annual Women in Film reception celebrating women nominees and made her voice heard on the issue of the gender gap in the film industry. This year, as far as we know, she dodged the red carpet and was all business.
If the montage shown at the Oscars to illustrate this year’s theme of “Everyday Heroes” was any indication of the current representation of women in film, Dame Helen’s focus on inequity is right on target. Of the 21 clips shown (that I counted), only three were of real-life women heroes: Norma Rae, Erin Brockovich, and “Maya,” the CIA operative in Zero Dark Thirty. That is fewer than 15% and deplorable! Karen Silkwood, Anne Frank, Joan of Arc, Veronica Guerin, the Mirabal sisters, the machinists of Dagenham, and Barbara Castle were nowhere to be seen in that montage. The Academy and the industry can and must do much better.
That this comes as we begin Women’s History Month is both appropriate and ironic.
Thank you, Dame Helen!
By MELENA RYZIK
Getty Images Lupita Nyong’o and Helen Mirren at the Women in Film event.
WEST HOLLYWOOD –
“Shut up,” said Helen Mirren, “’cause Mama’s in the house.”
“That includes all you guys over there near the bar,” she added, as she waited for the crowd to quiet down at the Women in Film reception on Friday evening. The boys did as the Dame commanded.
Ms. Mirren was out and about on the party circuit on Friday – she’d also made a brief appearance at the British film reception beforehand – and was this year’s co-host of the annual event, held at Fig & Olive restaurant. It spotlights female Oscar nominees – each wears a fragrant white gardenia corsage – and also serves as a booster moment to reverse the continued gender disparity in the industry.
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Congratulations to Jennifer Lee on being named Global Ambassador for the Global Media Monitoring Project! Here are some updates about her and her work.
Women’s History Month Screenings in Public Libraries
Global Ambassador for Global Media Monitoring Project
March is Women’s History Month and “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation” will be screening for free in March in public libraries around the country. This is part of the Women’s History Month initiative.
I just returned from a great screening at the University at Buffalo. The screening was hosted by The Society of Feminists.
Additionally, I have been appointed one of four Global Ambassadors for the Global Media Monitoring Project. The GMMP is the longest longitudinal study of women in the media globally. Every five years the GMMP have monitors around the world who watch the news and report on the representation of women in news stories and as anchors and reporters. I will talk about the information in my presentations of “Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation.”
Have a great Women’s History Month!
The 2014 Global Ambassadors for the Global Media Monitoring Project!
“Feminist Stories” is poignant, funny, very powerful, and unapologetic.”
-Charles Clymer, Huffington Post Blogger
Celebrate Women’s History Month!
Click here for the schedule with directions to the libraries
The Women’s History Month Screening schedule
March 1 at 2:00 pm South Madison Branch Library, South Madison, Wisconsin Calendar of Library Events
March 1 at 3:00 pm Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA Q+A with Jennifer Lee Calendar of Library Events
March 2 at 2:00 pm Klamath County Library, Klamath Falls, Oregon Facebook page
March 3 at 4:30pm Hereford Branch Library Hereford, Maryland
March 3 at 6:45 pm Durango Public Library, Durango, Colorado Calendar of Library Events
March 4 at 6:00 pm Rockwell Branch Library, Wichita, Kansas
March 8 in Flagstaff, Arizona Time and venue TBD Q+A with Jennifer Lee
March 9 at 7:30 pm Little Art Theater, Yellow Springs, Ohio Facebook page
March 11 at 2:00 pm Albany Public Library, Albany, New York Library Calendar of Events
March 12 at 6:00 pm Molokai Branch Library, Molokai, Hawaii
March 12 at 6:30 pm La Canada Flintridge Public LIbrary, La Canada Flintridge, California Q+A with Jennifer Lee Library Facebook Page
March 14 at 3:30 pm John F. German Public Library, Tampa Florida
March 15 at 4:00 pm Kansas Public Library, Kansas, Oklahoma Library Facebook Page
March 16 at 2:00 pm Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles, California Q+A with Jennifer Lee
March 17 at 5:00 pm New Orleans Public LIbrary, New Orleans, Louisiana
March 19 at 6:00 pm CU Boulder, UMC 457 Dennis Small Cultural Center
March 19 at 6:00 pm Igo Branch LIbrary, San Antonio, Texas
March 21 at 6:00 pm Pico House in El Pueblo in downtown Los Angeles. Pico House is at El Pueblo
March 22 at 2:00 pm Allendale Branch Library, Pasadena, California Jennifer Lee will participate in a Q +A with authors Ellen Snortland and Lois Banner
March 22 at 2:00 pm Bessie Coleman Branch, Chicago, Illinois
March 22 at 3:00 pm New Haven Public Library, New Haven, Connecticut Library
March 24 at 1:00 pm Rapid City Public Library, Rapid City, South Dakota Library Calendar of Events
March 24 at 6:30 pm Duluth Public LIbrary, Duluth Minnesota Library Facebook Page
March 26 at 7:00 pm Alicia Ashman Branch Library, Madison, Wisconsin Library Calendar of Events
March 23 time TBD Rapid City Public Library in Rapid City, South Dakota
March 27 at 5:30 pm at Hulbert Public Library, Hulbert, Oklahoma
March 27 2014 Boston University, Women’s Liberation Conference, Panel Discussion, “A Revolutionary Moment,” 7:30 PM Q+A with Jennifer Lee
There is always room for more screenings. Just let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
A portion of a historical timeline in a public library. What is missing?
Purchase a DVD
Your school or organization can buy a DVD of “Feminist:Stories From Women’s Liberation.” Currently there are many universities, public schools, beauty schools, middle schools, non-profits, and libraries acquiring their own copies to show to students and members.
Book a screening
Have Jennifer Lee attend your school for a Q+A. Email her: email@example.com
The official Website http://www.feministstories.com
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In July 2011, Tim Gunn remarked that our then Secretary of State who at the time had been traveling extensively in Greece, Turkey, and Asia was “confused about her gender” and predicated this judgment on her choice of wardrobe. Here are a few pictures from her travels that month.
When she returned to DC she visited the Norwegian Embassy and signed a condolence book for all of us following tragic shootings at a summer camp. She wore this.
We took Gunn to task here for those remarks. He has remained quiet until now when, in a apparent attempt to redeem himself and gain access to Hillary’s red carpet, he reevaluated her wardrobe and tried to rewrite what he said then.
January 16, 2014“I know she hasn’t formally declared,” he told Whispers. “But when you look at how she’s transformed in terms of her fashion and her grooming and her hair, I smell presidency,” said Gunn, whose new show “Under the Gunn,” a spin-off from the popular “Project Runway,” debuts Thursday night on Lifetime.
“When she was elected senator from New York I thought, OK, this is a license to go all the way in terms of fashion, but she seemed to retreat,” he said. “And then as secretary of state, I thought, why does she keep wearing these boxy menswear tailored suits?”
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Menswear? Huh? What men does he know who dress the way she is dressed in those pictures from when she was Secretary of State? What men are wearing all those ruffles, colors, pearls, and prints? Boxy? Those suits look very nicely tailored to Hillary’s lovely figure which is in no way boyish.
I suggest Mr. Gunn stay out of the business of political prognostication and refrain from commenting on Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe. He is simply incapable of remarking on it without digging himself into an even deeper hole.
Here you go, Tim. This is you under Hillary’s kitten heel!
Or perhaps you are all sour grapes because of this.
It appears that while language might be a barrier, love for Hillary Clinton and her pantsuits is universal. Armani has joined Oscar de la Renta and Anna Wintour in the Hillary for 2016 club: “I like her decisive and feisty manner. I like her self-assured and determined way,” he told the magazine.
When asked how he feels about her signature pantsuits — and what he thinks she would wear to her inauguration should she win the presidency in 2016 — he responded with equal passion: “I love a strong woman in a suit, although a powerful woman today doesn’t need to wear trousers to succeed. An authoritative appearance helps though, and let’s just says Mrs. Clinton looks good in pants. So yeah, she’d look great in a soft and sophisticated Armani pantsuit for that inauguration ceremony.”
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Actual Hillary foot when Cinderella almost lost her slipper at the Elysee Palace in January 2010. Nothing boxy, unfeminine, or unshapely there, Tim.
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Joy of Resistance airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9-10 pm (EST) at 99.5 FM in the tri-state area & streams live at wbai.org. JOR tweets at@joyofresistance
In the 2nd half of the show, we’ll speak with Jennifer Lee, director and creator of the new film Feminist Stories from Women’s Liberation–which just won the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival as “Best in the Festival for Documentary”–but which, more importantly, has the approval of many of the movement pioneers–approval difficult to come by, as this group was actually there and has had to see its history distorted many times over.The documentary chronicles the story of the women’s liberation movement from 1963 to 1970. Beginning in 2005, Lee traveled the country interviewing many of the women who created modern feminism.
Lee introduces the film by telling her audience that she was motivated to go on this quest because she couldn’t figure out why the word “feminist”, when it came up in the conversations of her generation, was whispered, as if it were a scary and somehow shameful word. She felt that being a feminist was a good thing–but didn’t have the information whe needed in order to convince the whisperers of why she felt that way. She wondered why her feminist history had been so hidden from her and became determined to go in search of it.
Lee interviewed, among others, Betty Friedan (Lee holds the rights to her last video interview before she passed), Aileen Hernandez (first head of the EEOC), Kathie Sarachild, (a member of Redstockings and a SNCC worker), Frances Beal (SNCC Women’s Liberation Committee and author of Triple Jeopardy), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton–and many others.
Punctuated by an astonishing amount of period footage and an energetic sound-track; the film touches on women in the U.S. before the feminist movement (starting with their having been ousted from well paying jobs after WWll); Betty Friedan‘s publication of the The Feminine Mystique; the President’s Council on the Status of Women; the struggles within the movement over lesbianism as well as class and race; the influence of theStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Civil Rights Movement; the fight to get women included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, leading to the founding of the National Organization for Women (NOW); the Miss America Beauty Pageant Protest–and up to the Ladies Home Journal sit-in and theWomen’s Strike for Equality. Many of the issues you see being raised in the film by are still being struggled for today–such as full access to reproductive rights and childcare–some 50 years later! Joy of Resistance hopes to offer DVD’s of this film as a premium during WBAI’s Winter Fund Drive in February.
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They call Margaret Thatcher the “Iron Lady,” but did you know there was a Labour Party lady who, as Secretary of State for Employment under Harold Wilson, mid-wifed equal pay legislation in the United Kingdom?
Her name was Barbara Castle, and she was a force to be reckoned with. A Baroness raised as a socialist, she was fiery and firmly on the side of the working class. Barbara was as steely as they come.
In 1968, the machinists in the U.K. Ford factory at Dagenham went on strike. All were women. All worked at sewing machines making seat covers. All were paid much less than men at the factory because their jobs were listed as unskilled. The strike closed down production of Ford Escorts because no seats were available to install.
The women worked at the Dagenham factory in terrible conditions. In the heat, they shed their clothes and worked in their underwear. They considered it normal. The roof leaked so badly that they rigged umbrellas over their stations to shield them and their sewing machines from the rain. Paid 15% less than men, they struck on June 7, 1968.
Union officials from Michigan contended that corporations would never survive if they paid women equally to men. Honchos from Ford tried to pressure Castle saying they would move their operations if she did not cooperate. Instead, she met with the striking women, managed a compromise for the moment (pay at 92% of what men received), and finally got an equal pay act in 1970.
We are not there yet in this country although industrialized nations followed the U.K. lead more than 40 years ago. Amazing!
Equal pay for equal work! Why are we so far behind?
There is a movie about this that I just watched. I strongly recommend you find a way to see it. I saw it on Starz.
Made in Dagenham
Brava, Barbara and the lady machinists of Dagenham! Real-life s/heroes!
Bonus: There is a bit about bullying in this movie. By teachers. It has been known to happen.
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This just came in an email. Great opportunity for those in the NY metro area to see this award-winning documentary and to meet the filmmaker, Jen Lee.
This is a crowd funded event. This is a young feminist doing this screening and she needs 77 more tickets purchased for the show to go on! Ten days to go!
“If I had a magic wand and could bonk you with it, I’d spirit you to a screening of a documentary I wish were mandatory viewing in schools: It’s called “Feminist: Stories of Women’s Liberation.” Pasadena Weekly
“This is a MUCH SEE film for anyone who is interested in the women’s liberation movement. This film addresses issues of intersectionality and provides important clips of a broad cross section of women activists.” - Linda M. Perkins, Associate University Professor and Director of Applied Women’s Studies and Africana Studies Certificate Program, Claremont Graduate College
There are many ways to construct the narrative of this history, but Jennifer has put together one of the best. In one beautifully organized hour of video, she is able to cover the deep roots of women’s discontent in the postwar years, the brave and pioneering individuals who opened up to her about their women’s liberation experiences, and – most movingly – acknowledgement of the innumerable other women, the movement’s rank and file, in one of the great grass roots political developments of the era. Thank you Jennifer!” - Professor Ellen Dubois, UCLA Department of History
”Remembering and studying the women who broke the barriers before us is not just the right thing to do; we ignore their hard-won lessons at our own peril. For American women, our careless amnesia is plain poison and Lee’s film is a healthy portion of the antidote. - Amnesia: Feminism’s Poison Pill, Huffington Post, Kamala Lopez
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We all heard, I am sure, The Green Eggs and Ham reading. Until tonight, when Tammy Duckworth referred to it to Lawrence O’Donnell, I was unaware of this reprehensible remark by Ted Cruz as he closed out his faux-filibuster.
It is difficult to imagine an insult more searing, ignorance more abysmal, demagoguery cheaper and slimier, and a lack of patriotic respect for history more striking.
Hmmm… posted on September 25, 2013 at 12:42pm EDT
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz compared his 21-hour speech on the Senate floor against Obamacare to the infamous Bataan Death March that killed hundreds of American troops at the hands of the Japanese during World War II. Cruz was speaking Wednesday at the conclusion of his remarks thanking staff who stayed up through the night for his speech.
“Now in 31 minutes we will be concluded,” Cruz said. “I don’t want to miss the opportunity within the limited amount of time is imperative that I do, which is to thank the men and women who have endured this, this Bataan Death March. And I want to take a little bit of time to thank by name. I want to start by thanking the Republican floor staff and cloakroom. I want to thank Laura Dove for her fairness, for her dealing with crises and passions on all sides and for her effectiveness in the job. And this is an interesting occurrence to occur so early in her job and I thank her for her service.”
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No number of apologies can alter the fact that these words came from his lips. Those words tell you all you need to know about Ted Cruz, his respect for our veterans, troops, and history, and his means to reach his goals. How revolting! How sorry a figure in our government.
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