Women’s History Month is a time to remember the perseverance and courage women have shown in pursuit of equality. For example, we have been demanding equal pay for over 150 years! Back in 1869, The New York Times published a letter decrying how women made 50 percent of men’s wages. Today, women on average make 82 cents and it’s even worse for women of color with Latina women earning only 58 cents and black women earning 65 cents to the average white man’s dollar. This slow progress is why we must encourage more women to become leaders – whether in government, media, higher education, technology, sports, or the arts – and continue the fight for equality.
And what better way than to host a screening of Miss Representation with your friends and family? The film exposes how the media’s limiting portrayal of women hinders us from achieving positions of power and influence and serves as a call to action for women to use their voices, votes, and purchasing power to demand equality. Together, let us ensure more women and girls become leaders so we may advance as a society where everyone can fulfill their human potential.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team
Amazon Still Advertising on Hate Speech Websites
AThis week, Google took action against hate speech by announcing plans to make it harder for their advertising to end up on websites like Breitbart. Meanwhile, Amazon has yet to respond to the hundreds of thousands of us asking them to do the same. Join us and sign this petition to ask Amazon to stop supporting hate.
Join Our Global Youth Advisory Council
Applications for the annual Global Youth Advisory Council are now open! This year, the Council will be made up of 20 amazing young people from the ages of 16 to 24, ready to become leaders and advocates for equality. We’ve extended the deadline and applications are now due April 1st!
Representation Around the Web
“This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying, ‘You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you, just the way you are.’ And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health. I think that it’s much more dramatic that two men could be working out their feelings of anger ― much more dramatic than showing something of gunfire.” – Fred Rogers, via The Huffington Post
- CNN: Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton: Rescue the Arts from the Budget Chopping Block
- The Huffington Post: Remember Brock Turner? From Three Months Ago? He’ll Leave Jail On Friday
- NPR: Overtaken By Events: Kids Burst Onto Scene of Live BBC TV Interview
- Nylon: SNL Sums up Mansplaining in One Hilarious Skit
- Refinery29: This Photo of the “Fearless Girl” Statue Went Viral for the Worst Reason Ever
- Remezcla: This Young Latina’s Defense of a Muslim Couple on the Subway is What Solidarity Looks Like
Happy 84th birthday to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg! #NotoriousRBG #RGB #RepresentHer #AskHerMore #MissRep #SupremeCourt
Image via Miss Representation‘s Instagram