Celebrities kicked off the new year with a series of rousing speeches on political topics like climate change, abortion and even escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran—and some women in the crowd even made history.
I sat in the Cinemark with a very wet face while the two women behind me began dissecting what they’d seen. “That Amy. She is irredeemable! Who would act that way?” I did, and sometimes still do.
As states continue to obstruct access to abortion, Hollywood spent 2019 taking a different approach—including abortion in plotlines that convey both the political and personal nature of the procedure and help demystify the issue for audiences.
The launch of Disney+ raised a critical question: To what extent can a multinational conglomerate further social equality when it has so much prejudice in its past? (And why isn’t “The Proud Family” available to stream?)
“Do we really want to stand by the idea that its fine for female characters to be one-dimensional, narrowly-stereotyped, hyper-sexualized or simply not there?”
Realistic depictions of women and girls make good business sense.
It’s time that we live in a world where people are judged by their worth, not their gender. It’s that belief that fuels my work.
For generations, Jean Kilbourne’s documentary film Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women has been transforming consciousness by revealing how the advertising industry promotes impossible beauty norms to make women insecure so they will buy products. To mark the 40th anniversary of the film, feminists across the generations gathered at Smith College to celebrate Kilbourne’s legacy.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering film, “Killing Us Softly,” which examined how images of women in ads influenced how society views women. At a recent event at Smith College, she explored the impact of her work, and the fights that remain in ending media sexism.
“I was reading all this stuff about feminism every day and trying to think about these large questions and I thought, what’s a comedic take on it?”