A new Time's Up initiative, which includes a PSA and resource guide, aims to encourage more women to join the film and TV production industries. "This PSA and our new resources work hand-in-hand to show people the world of possibilities that are out there, and that women are capable of excelling at jobs that have traditionally gone to men," Time's Up Foundation CEO and President Tina Tchen says.
A new video from She Is the Music, the Recording Academy and the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, as part of the #WomenInTheMix initiative, shows a choir of women singing until only one is left standing, symbolizing that only 2% of pop music is produced by women. "I know from personal experience that, to truly move the music industry forward, we need to make a clear effort to engage and empower women," says recording artist Brandi Carlile.
Nonprofits tend to think about capacity-building in terms of overcoming weaknesses, but they might achieve better results in the long run by focusing on building existing strengths instead, write Jeremy Avins and Nathan Huttner of Redstone Strategy Group. "With a strengths-based approach, capacity-building discussions can move beyond fixing an organization's flaws ... to transforming it into something uniquely great," they write.
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary's University is partnering with the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group to pilot the Spellcheck for Bias software to assess diversity in scripts, with the end goal of boosting Latinx representation on screen. "I believe our Spellcheck for Bias is going to be the biggest game changer of all in creating onscreen inclusion and will help NBCUniversal and other studios identify opportunities to dramatically increase Latinx representations in their content, to counteract the conscious and unconscious bias in all of us," says Davis.
The 2020 Cannes Film Festival is honoring its commitment to gender equality with the unveiling of its selection committee, which is comprised of five women and five men. The French film festival is set to take place in May with director Spike Lee presiding over the jury.
The African Union is reiterating its pledge to support female empowerment and to help women benefit from the African continental free trade area. Leaders in Africa have vowed to work toward parity and have declared the Decade of Women's Economic and Financial Inclusion to begin in 2020.
Facebook and Good Today are two examples of how technology is shaping philanthropic giving, with the former reporting it has raised more than $3 billion for charity over the past five years. Online subscribers to the Good Today newsletter agree to donate at least 25 cents per day and get to choose from two cause-based organizations each day.
New York's College of Saint Rose received a $1.2 million grant from the Pussycat Foundation to help its BOLD Scholars offset their education costs. BOLD Scholars is a BOLD Women's Leadership Network program that helps select upperclassmen prepare for professional success.
Women control more than 40% of the world's wealth and have used their newfound influence for collective giving and other forms of philanthropy that are improving the effectiveness of the sector, writes Raikes Foundation co-founder Tricia Raikes. Female leaders are uniquely positioned to address racial inequity, given the barriers women have had to overcome, but doing so requires education and honest conversations about who is involved in the nonprofit decision-making process, she writes.
The Penny Foundation combats racial inequality and creates economic opportunities for people of color in Birmingham, Ala., through a program that helps small businesses establish corporate giving programs. The organization creates brand visibility for participants, gets employees involved in charity and allows them to direct funds toward underserved people in Birmingham.
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