Emotional films often bring tears to my eyes, but only the most touching previews are capable of doing so. The trailer for He Named Me Malala is one of those rarities. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist fighting for education rights for girls and young women, is both a survivor of an assassination attempt and the and youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. Like millions of people across the globe, I look up to her strength and courage immensely, and am in awe of all she has accomplished thus far. Please share the trailer for He Named Me Malala and be sure to see it when it hits theaters in October. And if you’re interested, visit the Malala Fund to find out how you can make a difference.
My latest Suggested Reading is The Makeup Tax, by Olga Khazan of The Atlantic. Did you know that women who wear makeup tend to earn more and are treated better? Once you understand just how much time, effort, and money women put into their appearance, you realize that it’s a fact that affects women’s lives on a much larger scale than often discussed. The politics of femininity are complicated, and Khazan’s article brings many of the logical implications of the “necessity of beauty” to light. Whether you are a man or woman, wear makeup or not, it’s an article worth reading for all.
Earlier this week, during a conversation with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner shared a bit of his insight into Hollywood, stating: “From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman, by far. They usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online—but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.” First off, Eisner is absolutely, positively, dead wrong. Not only is Hollywood full of beautiful, funny, smart, and talented women, but it seems that beauty is a fundamental requirement for any woman working in Hollywood today. So in saying that it’s difficult to find a beautiful, funny woman, Eisner is essentially saying that it’s tough to find a funny woman. And once again, he’s wrong, wrong, wrong. Eisner’s statement frustrates me on so many levels, but what I’m most upset about is the fact that men of power (and might I say, often unattractive men) find it within their authority to express their opinions about the faces and bodies of other women. And what’s equally as troubling is the fact …
I was told I should watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx Talk quite some time ago, but I didn’t get around to seeing it until recently. Oh well, better late than never! In her speech she describes her experience as a Nigerian woman and explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to be a feminist. Adichie’s talk is extraordinarily powerful and inspiring, and I invite you to share it with your peers.
This playlist is for anyone in need of a little extra girl power in their lives. Enjoy, and please share your favorite anthems of womanhood in the comment section below.
This week’s Suggested Reading comes from L.A. Weekly’s Jessica P. Ogilvie. In her article, How Hollywood Keeps Women Out, Ogilvie discusses Hollywood’s palpable gender bias and how it fits into an industry that is dominated by charitable liberals and Democrats. It’s an eye-opener for both men and women alike, and as a young woman hoping to find a career in the film industry, what I read put a lot of things into perspective. “The repercussions for women and girls across the world, who are seeing primarily the stories of men on-screen, are profound.” “If you don’t see yourself or people like you represented, what kind of an impression are you going to get?”
Circa 1970 Then & Now: Gloria Steinem & Dorothy Pitman Hughes, co-founders of the feminist magazine, Ms. I love these two photos because they remind me of the great strides made in the women’s movement – thanks to thousands of dedicated women across the globe – and they are also a powerful reminder that we must keep fighting for equality.
From Indiewire’s Shipra Harbola Gupta → Tribeca: Ava DuVernay’s 8 Tips to Filmmakers On How to Stay in Control. Ava DuVernay is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to listen to give advice on just about anything – but in particular, filmmaking and living a creative and fulfilling life. Her SXSW Keynote Speech was beautiful and truly informative, and her talk with Q-Tip at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was no different. It’s so refreshing to read about a woman who is a filmmaker, is making things she believes in, and is doing things her way. Shapira Harbola Gupta breaks down DuVernay’s talk with Q-Tip into 8 tips for filmmakers on staying in control of your work. Check it out here.
“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” “Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.” “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” “Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.” “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” “Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.” “When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid.” “Art is not living. It is the use …
Although I’ve written a Suggested Reading‘s post for two of my favorite magazines (Bitch Media and Fast Company), I’m going to start sharing my favorite articles, books, and magazines more often. Most of my reading is done online, so expect that I’ll mainly be sharing pieces from The Atlantic, Jezebel, Slate, and Salon. This week I’d like to share Angelina Jolie Pitt’s opinion piece from The New York Times titled Diary of a Surgery. In the article, Jolie discusses her decision to have a mastectomy after discovering her likelihood to develop ovarian cancer, based on her family’s history. “I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know that my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.’” I commend Angelina Jolie for bravely sharing her story with the world. After hearing about her battle with cancer (from her mother’s diagnosis and eventual death, to her recent mastectomy), there are certainly women who will take note and make cancer screenings a priority at an early age. As an advocate for women’s health, Angelina Jolie is …