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WOMEN’S MEDIA CENTER: YES Inclusion Riders!

Frances McDormand won the Academy Award for Best Actress and won our hearts when she asked all the female nominees to stand with her and told the Hollywood executives and power brokers to, “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.  Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight – invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours – whichever suits you best – and we’ll tell you all about them … I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen:  inclusion rider.” 

YES to inclusion riders!

YES to more women storytellers, directors, editors, writers, and every crucial behind-the-scenes role!

YES to supporting the work of the Women’s Media Center to fight for equal voice and equal opportunity for women

Every year, the Women’s Media Center tracks the status of Oscar and Emmy nominations in non-acting roles.

Every day, we fight for diverse women to have a seat at the table. We want to hear the stories of all women — their experiences and perspectives. 

YES to supporting the work of the Women’s Media Center to fight for equal voice and equal opportunity for women

Our reports have impact — institutions know that we track their progress — or regress — every year.  Not only can our data and reports on the status of women be found in university libraries around the world, in the last year, we had an average of five stories a week about our work to give women an equal voice.

Associated Press spotlighted our WMC Oscars investigation with a story titled “Mostly male Oscar nominees reflect dearth of women in film,” and that reported, “Outside of acting, 77 percent of this year’s Oscar nominees are male, according to a recent study by the Women’s Media Center.”

And, to the point of lack of representation, AP quoted WMC President Julie Burton, “In Hollywood, on every level of decision-making, there are far more men calling the shots, making the deals, and hiring and firing, than there are women, and this power imbalance is reflected in the employment and nomination gap.  Women cannot get through the door, and if they can’t get through the door, they can’t be recognized and rewarded for their excellence and impact.”

YES to inclusion riders!

YES to more women storytellers, directors, editors, writers, and every crucial behind-the-scenes role!

YES to supporting the work of the Women’s Media Center to fight for equal voice and equal opportunity for women

Variety spotlighted our WMC Oscars investigation and quoted Pat Mitchell, WMC Co-Chair:  “These are times that call for sweeping and sustainable changes – as evidenced by the findings in this report.  The Women’s Media Center will continue to shine a light on the status of women in Hollywood – and on all media platforms.  Ultimately, changes must come from those who hold the power, and we know that few, if any, power holders throughout history have given up power without a struggle.  But we are in this for the long haul.  Change is coming.  Time’s up.”

YES to inclusion riders!

YES to more women storytellers, directors, editors, writers, and every crucial behind-the-scenes role!

YES to supporting the work of the Women’s Media Center to fight for equal voice and equal opportunity for women

The lack of any critical mass of women in behind the scenes roles means male voices and perspectives are largely responsible for what we see on screen.

The message is clear:  We need real change. 

We are your voice and your media center. We fight every day for an equal place and equal voice for women.

Please help us!

YES to supporting the work of the Women’s Media Center to fight for equal voice and equal opportunity for women

Thank you!

Onward,

Julie Burton

President, Women’s Media Center

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We are a one-of-a-kind magazine that provides local, regional, national and international information about women’s lives and education, performing and visual arts and writing, the environment, green living and sustainability and regional Western North Carolina business, people and events. “Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers. Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society. Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears. Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi Our Mission SheVille.org provides readers with information important to women’s lives and well-being. We focus primarily on the areas of education & health, business & finance, the arts & the environment. We are particularly interested in local & regional resources, organizations & events.
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