Not Just a Hollywood Problem

I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of women in the world.¬†¬†¬†Hollywood was reeling over the avalanche of harassment and sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.¬†¬†The #MeToo hashtag is near-constant in my various feeds.¬† I am saddened.¬† I keep asking myself, “How do I take action?”¬† And more importantly, how to take action that reverbs beyond just Hollywood?

I see Saudi women claiming their right to drive and wanting more of the rights that we in the USA take for granted.¬† There’s been significant action to stop child-marriage in India.¬† ¬†Men are expressing remorse, sympathy and solidarity for the women brave enough to tell world their “Me Too”.¬†¬† There IS progress.

I had a conversation with Nada Nasserdeen of Rise Up For You this morning.¬† ¬†It will be up soon.¬† We discussed so many things and one of the things that came up was the pay gap.¬† What Harvey Weinstein did was horrible, and once the headlines fade on this, we still have to keep pushing for economic equality.¬† Abuse of power is intimately tied to money. Having money does not give you the right to abuse other people.¬† One of the things that stands out about the Harvey Weinstein debacle was how¬† he was perceived as¬† a “golden goose” to quote Scott Rosenberg, a long-time associate.¬† If you haven’t read Rosenberg’s comments, read it.¬† Weinstein’s ability to make box office money left him unchecked. Considering how little progress has been made to include more women in the decision-making process of commercial film and television, it’s no wonder that he would-be-Harvey-s would feel invincible.

How do we move forward beyond this week?

  • Reach out to a woman in entertainment and let her know you support her.¬† Let her know that you care.
  • Go to a play or movie directed or produced by a woman.¬† Support women in the arts.¬† There’s an old maxim that “You’re only as good as your last picture.”¬† Let’s support women making art.
  • Do not tolerate bad behavior, “locker room talk” or any action that demeans a woman or girl at home, work or school.
  • Support women globally, especially to empower them economically.¬† A threat to women’s freedoms anywhere compromises women’s freedom everywhere.¬† One of my favorite ways to do this is by funding a micro-loan on Kiva.

This is about more than the transgressions of one man.¬† There are more Harvey-s in every industry, every country.¬† This is not just a Hollywood problem.¬† It’s a power imbalance that manifests everywhere from gilded Hollywood to the most humble villages on earth.¬† As long as the pay gap is tolerable to the majority, women will still be a minority, even if women outnumber men.

 

 

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Hollywood’s Problem Starts in High School

The success of Wonder Woman and the live action Beauty and the Beast has generated a great deal of discussion about women in cinema and woman-centric narrative. ¬†A Variety article pointed out, though, that despite record box office, women, “made up only 7 percent of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016. That represented a decline of two percentage points from the year before.” ¬†Without getting too heady or too political, I need to point out that women’s narratological problems start off long before a screenplay gets optioned by the studios and directors are hired. ¬†It starts in high school, with the ways we are taught narrative structure.

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Inside the Minds of Working Moms

If you are a working mother and need a pick-me-up, check out this week’s episode of What Women Want Talk Radio. ¬†Judy Goss and I had guests Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother and Linda Albright, founder of Women’s Wealth Revolution, on to discuss working motherhood in the US.

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This conversation was lively, honest and layered.  The issues around being a working mother in the US are enormous, but Judy and our guests really had an interesting perspectives.  Listen all the way through and get access to a FREE webinar to help women achieve their goals and aspirations with Linda Albright.

Click here for the replay of the broadcast!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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San Antonio Film Festival honors Hollywood Glass Ceiling-Breaker Marcia Nasatir; Petitions Oscars Board of Governors

San Antonio Film Festival honors Hollywood Glass Ceiling-Breaker Marcia Nasatir; Petitions Oscars Board of Governors

 

Marcia Nasatir, Hollywood glass ceiling-breaker, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual San Antonio Film Festival.

The 22nd Annual San Antonio Film Festival put women in film front and center this year.  The festival gave its Lifetime Achievement Award to Marcia Nasatir, San Antonio native.  Marcia achieved success as a producer and as the first woman to serve as vice-president of production at a major Hollywood studio, United Artists.

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