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Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist “We are in effect enculturating kids from the very beginning to see women and girls as not taking up half of the space." Read Geena's guest column in
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COMING IN JUNE See Jane Salon - Keeping Up with Generation Z

The media landscape is dramatically shifting from content to consumption to distribution. Content creators are re-inventing how they conceive, produce and distribute content to appeal to how Generation Z consumes content in a non-demand digital life. Generation Z is seeking entertainment that reflects the diverse stories of their world and how they see themselves in society. Read More...

May 25, 2016 Inspired by evolution: Caltech bioengineer is first woman to win $1.1-million tech prize

Inspired by the biological processes that drive natural selection, Caltech biochemical engineer Frances Arnold launched a field called “directed evolution” and revolutionized the way researchers design more effective drugs and create cleaner industrial processes. This week, Arnold’s pioneering work was recognized with a Millennium Technology Prize, making her the first woman to win the prestigious award. The prize is awarded every two years by the Technology Academy Finland and comes with $1.1 million in cash. Read More…

May 25, 2016 ‘Neighbors 2’ Interview: Nicholas Stoller On College Parties, Writing Female Characters, Sequels

Stoller talked about writing and directing a sequel, the responsibility of giving females their own version of Animal House, him franchising his work through spinoffs, and writing other sequels. He also addressed some of the bigger issues like how five middle-aged guys who worked on the script were able to write female college freshman so well and finally having a gay character in one of his films. Read More…

May 25, 2016 Reinvent Yourself at Women of the West

In this inspiring discussion, veterans of big, successful career transitions share how and why they made the leap, what surprises they encountered in their new chapter and other wisdom they picked up along the way. Nina Tassler, Advisor and former Chairman, CBS Entertainment, is a featured panelist. Read More…

May 25, 2016 Uncovering a Tale of Rocket Science, Race and the ’60s

Ms. Spencer said that labeling the film was not just a turnoff for some audiences, but also unfairly reductive. NASA’s largely unrecognized female mathematicians were black and white, she said, and this story, told from the perspective of three black women, paid homage to them all. “This is a female-driven movie about contributions that women really made, to our world, not just our society,” Ms. Spencer said. “That’s a big statement.” Read More…

May 25, 2016 Regina King on the Challenge of Working as a Director and an Actress

“The best directors are someone who actually inspire something in you,” says King of directors. Watch Video…

May 24, 2016 The Incredible Story of NASA’s Forgotten ‘Rocket Girls’

Looking back, the technology that put man on the moon seems incredibly basic. In the early days of space exploration, when electronic computers weren’t reliable and cutting-edge calculators could barely do basic functions, nearly all of the math was done by hand. Women — underpaid, overworked, and ultimately forgotten by even the institution they served — did most of it. Nathalia Holt, a science writer and microbiologist, stumbled upon their stories almost by fate. Read More…

May 24, 2016 19 Things You Might Not Have Known About Thelma & Louise for the Film’s 25th Birthday

Thelma & Louise, which has managed to become both a quintessential girl power and road trip film, turns 25 this year. To help celebrate, we’re taking a look back down the long dusty road that Thunderbird traveled and rounding up some of the best bits of trivia from the iconic film. Watch Video…

May 24, 2016 Watch: 7 Facts You Might Not Know About Thelma & Louise

Thelma & Louise is turning 25! Watch Video…

May 23, 2016 DreamWorks Animation Hires Exec From Paramount As New Head Of Development

Jennifer Howell, who was Paramount’s Head of Comedy for the past two-and-a-half years, has joined DreamWorks Animation as the company’s new Head of Development. She is taking over for Gregg Taylor who began producing duties last August on DreamWorks’ Larrikins, the animated musical film. Like Taylor (who had the gig before her), Howell will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. Read More…

May 23, 2016 25 years later, Geena Davis reflects on ‘Thelma & Louise’

Directed by Ridley Scott, the road movie (which opened May 24, 1991) follows two women on the run, caught in an outsized misunderstanding with law enforcement. Thelma & Louise was nominated for six Academy Awards and won best screenplay, a prize that went to Nashville creator Callie Khouri. The film ranks No. 24 and No. 78 on the American Film Institute’s lists of the top movie heroes and the most inspiring films of all time, respectively. Read More…

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