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For the second year in a row, no women were nominated for best director at the Oscars. Female directors were also shut out of the BAFTA nods, helping prompt a widespread backlash and soul searching within the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
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The consulates of seven of the 16 countries that make up the Group of Latin American Consuls are being led by women — the first time that so many Latin women have served simultaneously in that capacity. “It is a conquest. It reflects the position of women in our Latin American societies,” said Marcia Loureiro, consul general of Brazil for the last two years.
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“People constantly threaten to destroy my business or my reputation,” she said. “I know a handful of men who run similar ventures and they are jealous. They don’t accept a woman doing the same.”
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For the 2018-19 season, 96% of TV programs had no women directors of photography; 79% had no women directors; 77% had no women editors; and 77% had no women creators.
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The Free Black Women’s Library, a mobile pop-up library and community for black women, hopes to cultivate an appreciation for black female writers and create a safe space for communities of color.
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In the last two years, games in Mexico, England, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and elsewhere have drawn record crowds of more than 30,000 for a women’s match, topped by the 60,739 that packed a stadium in Madrid to watch Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona in March. “There is an audience,” said Mia Hamm, a two-time World Cup champion and a former world player of the year.
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For women in entertainment — an industry where the hours are grueling and unpredictable and travel to faraway locations is the norm — the conflict between work and family can be brutal. While executives at places like Netflix get generous paid leave and many studios have on-lot childcare centers, Hollywood is powered by an army of freelance artists and crew members who do not have reliable access to such perks.
State Sen. Holly Mitchell is challenging racist standards in the workplace that deem black women’s natural hair “unprofessional.” “Any law that sanctions a job description that immediately excludes me … from a position, not because of my capacity to do the job but because of how I choose to wear my hair, is long overdue for reform.”
Perhaps no place in Japanese society encapsulates the country’s gender imbalance more powerfully than its imperial household, steeped in two millennia of tradition as the world’s longest-running monarchy. Under Japanese imperial law, women cannot be emperors.
Brazil’s 2006 domestic violence law, named for Maria da Penha — a pharmacist who became the voice for women suffering domestic abuse when two attacks by her husband left her a paraplegic — is considered one of the best in the world. Properly implementing it, however, is still a struggle.