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You Are Invited To Celebrate Women’s History — Make Women’s History Event Tuesday – March 18, 2014 at The United States Navy Memorial
Posted by Crystal Williams on February 26, 2014
Posted by gansie on January 12, 2011
“At this rate, women will not achieve parity for another 500 years.”
Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Posted by joyinhome on September 20, 2010
Today, I attended CNBC’s town hall meeting, Investing in America, with President Obama. The President was intelligent, witty and thoughtful as always. He answered questions directly and addressed the concerns raised. I left the meeting excited and positive, feeling that POTUS Maximus was fighting for the American people, like me. I am a staunch Obama supporter and share it openly.
The coverage of this event however is characterizing it as Obama supporters who have lost faith in him as a leader. Please watch the actual broadcast and judge for yourself. The media coverage is a collection of sound bites. And as one gentleman pointed out: “You’re losing the war of sound bites. You’re losing the media cycles.”
What they didn’t capture from this PA small biz owner from Pennsylvania, was his continued support for Obama and his policies, giving examples of the stimulus package and auto industry investment; he outlined how legislation has businesses continue and congratulated on the job he is doing by investing in the country. His advice for the President was to regain the people who are losing faith, not because of what he hasn’t done, but because they are afraid.
The President reiterated that we have to get past the politics and back to making things better. We are in the midst of mid-term elections and a lot of ‘Obama hate’ and selective memory. I question the motivation of the media coverage that I’ve seen. At least I told you my bias from the beginning…
If you watched the broadcast or attended, tell us what you thought.
Posted by gansie on June 8, 2010
I’ve long known that Helen Thomas was not the biggest fan of Israel. Israel can be hard to love. Israeli leaders take the tough line. Often violent.
It’s also more than a country though. It’s an idea. It’s a safe haven. For me, it’s a place I need to exist. Many, many members of my family were killed in the Holocaust. And I need to know that if another tyrant came after Jews there is a place I could go. To be safe. A place that would protect me and my family.
Now, of course, people can disagree with Israel. Even one of my feminist heroes.
Helen Thomas retired from her job yesterday over some incredibly insensitive remarks about Israel and Jewish people. And while I’m struggling with what she said, I’m also thinking about the role of journalists today.
Like ice cream, the news now comes in flavors. Do you want your oil spill coverage with a topping of right wing anger or left leaning outrage? Is it fair she felt she had to retire when Fox News anchors spew awful, racist lies about our president everyday – and get paid for it?
I’m saddened. I’m saddened this trailblazer’s career had to end like this. I’m saddened a woman with such tenacity—at age 89—will be remembered for her hurtful, anti-Semitic words, and not for her brave career. I’m also saddened she thinks like this.
But maybe Jezebel writer Irin Carmon is right. We no longer need only Thomas. She was the first. But now we have a few more women at the top. A few more women we can look up to. So maybe that is the lesson here.
Posted by gansie on May 5, 2010
We love our network of working women. YWM encourages you to find heroines on television (yes, they do exist). Today’s guest blogger is Maggie Bridger.
The Legendary Chloe Project was born out of a desire to show appreciation for a young woman who, on the show Smallville, has served as Clark’s best friend, confidante, and moral compass.
Over the years, we’ve watched Chloe grow into her own heroine, saving Clark almost more frequently than The Man of Steel has saved her. Chloe has become an inspiration not just through her heroism but through her dedication to the truth and to developing her journalism career. She appears to be one of the few young women on television today who is career focused, intelligent and forthright.
It has propelled her into the position of role model for us.
Chloe is a career focused young women. From the pilot, we’ve seen her dedication to truth in journalism and using it to benefit the public. Many of us cheered when she was first hired at The Daily Planet in the beginning of the fifth season and throughout the next few years as we watched her publish front page articles for a major metropolitan newspaper as a college student.
As far as heroism, Chloe has been helping Clark in his battles against aliens and villains for over five years, since she learned his secret. In the episode, Solitude (5.08), she saved Clark’s life, allowing him to stop his mortal enemies, Zod and Brainiac, from taking over the world. We saw her stand again against Brainiac in later seasons. The amazing thing about her is that, for the most part, Chloe Sullivan is a young woman who by sheer intelligence and tenacity holds her own in a world of aliens and superheroes. She’s become Clark’s rock and a major player with the Justice League, all without flashy martial arts skills or special abilities.
It is awe-inspiring to see a young woman who can run with Green Arrow and the future Superman all through her own will and determination.
Finally, she’s selfless. She’s gone so far as to sacrifice not only her life for Clark, but also her mind. In one episode, Abyss (8.09), her memories were being systematically stripped from her by an infection. Rather than expose Clark to danger, she opted to let that infection continue and to lose herself in order to keep him safe. That kind of dedication to her friends is not only endearing but something to aspire to.
Apart from playing Chloe Sullivan, the actress Allison Mack also shines as a sterling example of what a young woman in Hollywood can achieve. Not only is she a gifted actress and one who has been praised for years for her talent, but she is also the type of woman who is exemplary, an anti-celebutante who sets a solid example for her fans.
She has become a producer for two films—-Alice and Huck and Blink—the latter via her production company, Parvati, Inc. By striking out boldly, this triple threat actress/director/producer inspired us to take a chance and create our own production, a commercial tribute to her and her character, Chloe Sullivan.
“Legendary,” executive produced by up and coming actress, Liz De Razzo, is a unique fandom movement of young women and men, deciding to honor a character and an actress who remain positive role models of growth, creativity and strength. The sixty second commercial is currently in editing. When it is completed, we hope to air on the CW affiliate KTLA in May. It’s already been written up by such sources as the CW Boston Affiliate’s twitter and by Richard Sands of TV Guide Magazine Online.
Legendary Chloe is the first project from Legendary Women, Inc. We are a co-ed group dedicated to the positive representation of women in the media. Follow/contact at @legendaraychloe or email@example.com.
Posted by egehl on March 22, 2010
Over the weekend an American trail blazer and political media powerhouse who fought tirelessly for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) passed away. Liz Carpenter hailed from Texas and was at the forefront of the Women’s Movement when it began and never wavered from her platform for women’s equality.
In 1942, Ms. Carpenter began covering the White House and Congress for the Austin American-Statesman. Like many women of her time it was extremely difficult to professionally break into a man’s world. She credited former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, another notable feminist, with helping her and other women become political reporters in wartime Washington. Mrs. Roosevelt would only admit women to her news conferences so editors at newspapers and wire services had to put women on the news for the first time.
For eighteen years, Ms. Carpenter reported on presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy as a Washington reporter. She joined the staff of Lyndon B. Johnson in his campaign for Vice President in 1960 and traveled on his foreign missions as a press spokeswoman. After Kennedy’s election, she became the first woman executive assistant to the vice-president.
Following Johnson’s succession to the presidency, Ms. Carpenter became the first professional newswoman to be press secretary to a first lady for Lady Bird Johnson. She also contributed to the speeches of President Johnson, particularly in the field of humor.
In 1971 after her time in the White House, Ms. Carpenter turned her energy to women’s causes. She was an ardent feminist who co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus, which grew out of her commitment to seeing more women elected to state and federal posts.
Her role during the fight for passage of the ERA was significant. She acted as joint chairwoman of ERAmerica, an organization that fought for ratification of the ERA. In addition for years she hit the national lecture circuit to vocalize her support of ratification for the ERA and to debunk the myths spread by Phyllis Schlafly.
Ms. Carpenter’s other important women’s equality work centered on women’s ability to access the male dominated media and public relations world. She was a prime mover in the battle to permit women to join the National Press Club, which has always been an important institution in Washington for reporters as well as politicians. Before being accepted as members in 1971, women with press credentials fought to be admitted at least to the club luncheons at which visiting heads of state customarily appeared.
She was a fascinating woman whose life had many twists and turns. In addition, to her accomplished professional life she also had an interesting personal life. At 71, when her brother died she became the unexpected mother of his three youngest children who ranged in age from 11 to 16.
Liz Carpenter was a restless spirit that blazed trails so that today’s women could have the rights we all enjoy. She is an inspiration and certainly left a storied legacy. I hope there will be more Liz Carpenter’s in our future.
Posted by egehl on February 11, 2010
Oh what a game. I am still basking in Super Bowl glory.
For the first time since I started watching the Super Bowl it was exciting to actually care about the outcome. All night I was pacing, hoping, screaming, praying, hugging, and jumping with excitement as my beloved Saints won their first Super Bowl and beat the ESPN darlings, the Indianapolis Colts. It was surreal and like the rest of the New Orleans I sat in disbelief still trying to grapple with how we even made it this far.
As the commercials rolled on I watched to give myself a reprieve from the intensity of dreaming of a championship. I was accompanied with other female diehard Saints fans and all of us commented, and were struck by, how slanted the commercials were towards a particular gender. Granted yes it’s a sports game, but in this day in age a strong contingent of women watch the Super Bowl. But the marketing world still loves to make sure the boys are happy (hello, Viagra).
It was hard not to think had these companies really paid almost $3 million to come up with this!? Some were creative like the Volkswagen ad, but others were superficial and tried to be funny by portraying women degradingly. As salon.com noted, “This year’s assortment provided a mix of familiar faces, expensive cars, a few laughs, and an all-time high of emasculated rage.”
Ads are always trying to sell us something, but this year were they trying to tell us something too?
While some ads were funny others were just unflattering toward women. They were not only sexist but offensive as well. A theme that continued to keep popping up was the level of hostility and anger towards women interfering with a man’s “dudeness”. It’s hardly new comedic territory to laugh about women infringing upon a man’s masculinity and coming in between him and his sports. But isn’t it time we evolved just a little bit and thought of other ways to make everyone laugh?
While the ads might have been a disappointment the game certainly wasn’t (well at least not for the Black and Gold Who Dat Nation)! It’s an amazing experience to witness your team win its first Super Bowl.
I savored every moment of the game but would have liked better entertainment in between nail biting, exciting plays. Next year I hope companies get a little bit more creative and challenge themselves to appeal to more than just the old boy’s club.