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5/24/2018

Actor Emilia Clarke, who says she doesn't like it when journalists ask her what it's like to play a "strong female character" or when she is labeled a "strong woman" on screen, suggests journalists ask her instead: "How does it feel to play the female lead in a big blockbuster movie?" Or, "How does it feel to play someone with power in that position?". Clarke suggests, "Take the 'strong' out of it. Find another adjective...Let's just be women."

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5/24/2018

Nina Tassler of PatMa Productions, which has a partnership with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, is developing a television project called "War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam" for Epix. We are "[t]elling stories about women ... who have not had their stories represented on any kind of big platform before, making sure we're finding writers and voices who have not had their stories told before," Tassler said.

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5/24/2018

Women tend to identify with impact investing and the style of philanthropy is becoming an increasingly effective way for nonprofits to engage with them, says Debra Mesch, director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "Nonprofits need to show that they have women on their boards, equal pay, and that there is a social consciousness to their mission and their organization and to market that," she adds.

5/24/2018

Nonprofits should serve as an example for respectful treatment of others, and they can do so by using people-first language, columnist Valerie Johnson writes. "Your donors and volunteers support your organization for a reason: They care about the work you do and the people you support," she writes, adding that nonprofits do "a disservice by not correcting disrespectful language or explaining what person-first language sounds like."

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5/24/2018

The American Refugee Committee has joined with Ideo.org to develop Kuja Kuja, a customer feedback platform that will help the organization improve operations at a refugee camp in Uganda. "It's shifting from the idea of a refugee as a beneficiary of services to really a customer, and someone that you're providing the best services that you can for," says Ideo.org's Adam Reineck.

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5/24/2018

Hollywood is in the midst of a revolution that is exposing deep gender disparity and power struggles that have far-reaching implications for media and society, say Thandie Newton, Angela Bassett, Sandra Oh, Claire Foy, Elisabeth Moss and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who all sat down for The Hollywood Reporter's drama actors roundtable. "It takes a while to get to a point in your career where you can actually make a choice. And after a decade of my life on a show [Grey's Anatomy], I had enough economic power to be able to say no," Oh said.

5/24/2018

Between 2005 and 2016, men penned four out of every five scripts for the UK's feature films, while women wrote just 30% of UK television shows and men wrote 86% of shows airing at the 9 p.m. hour, a new report has found. The report also notes a decline in the number of female writers at each stage of career progression, showing how difficult it is for women to keep writing despite having credits to their name. Stephen Follows Blog (5/23)

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5/23/2018

The Executive PayWatch database from AFL-CIO compiles ratio data of CEO to median worker compensation, with Mattel reporting the widest gap of proxies released so far in 2018, coming in at 4,987 to 1. McDonald's was next, with CEO Steve Easterbrook having made 3,101 as much as the company's median employee, but rankings could change as more companies report their data in upcoming filings.

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5/23/2018

A sinkhole has been growing on the North Lawn of the White House, spurring many "drain the swamp" jokes and political theories for its development. The National Park Service is monitoring the sinkhole, which now has its own Twitter account, but said it is common for sinkholes to appear in the Washington area after rains.

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5/23/2018

The number of asylum-seekers and refugees fleeing violence in Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, has jumped from about 18,000 in 2011 to 294,000 at the end of 2017, says the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Those fleeing face the risk of violence, sexual assault and exploitation but cross borders "out of desperation, facing high levels of homicide in their countries of origin," the agency says.