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Miss Representation shared their album.
January 23

From coast to coast, we marched together and made our voices heard. Here are some of our favorite moments from the #WomensMarch. As one of the largest marches in US history, we have to remember this is just the beginning. Our work isn't done in the first 100 days or even four years, our work isn't done until we have justice and equality for all. Join us: http://therepresentationproject.org/take-the-pledge/ #MarchingForward

Miss Representation added 41 new photos from January 21 to the album: #MarchingForward — with Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Emma Watson.
January 21

From coast to coast, we marched together and made our voices heard. Here are some of our favorite moments from the #WomensMarch. As one of the largest marches i...n US history, we have to remember this is just the beginning. Our work isn't done in the first 100 days or even four years. Our work isn't done until we have justice and equality for all. Join us: http://therepresentationproject.org/take-the-pledge/ #MarchingForward

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"It’s true that since 9/11, there are genuinely more roles for Arab actors than ever before...Not centre-screen, of course, but on the faceless periphery, clutching a prop detonator while a famous white man acts his ass off and earns an Oscar in the process. While frustrating for Arab actors struggling to forge a name in an unforgiving industry, there’s an even more critical issue at hand here: namely, the fact that nearly zero Arab and Muslim identities are portrayed three-d...imensionally on screen. It’s depressingly telling that 'American Sniper' is one of the highest-grossing hits in film history – a box office earning in excess of $500m in a film where white man Bradley Cooper kills unnamed Arab actors for over two hours. Stories onscreen have the rare ability to arouse empathy for diverse characters in audiences across the world, so leaving out Arab and Muslim voices in such a context of global Islamophobia is particularly damaging. With masterful directors, sublime works like 'Moonlight' happen; now the story of gay black masculinity in the Miami ghetto has become that much more relatable and mainstream. It is my genuine belief that if the TV and film industry had been more diligent in representing Arab characters – with all our humane, complex, intersectional three-dimensionality – xenophobia would not be as pandemic as it is today. And hence I pray that 'La La Land' doesn’t clean up at the Oscars (as at the BAFTAs). For this would be a sign that the industry prioritises the celebration of itself first of all, self-indulgently rejoicing in its own nostalgic - and white – mythology." - Amrou Al-Kadhi, via The Independent

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I’ve worked as a professional performer in the UK since the age of 12 – and my Arab heritage has pitted me against some pretty awful racial profiling in the industry. My first film job at the age of 14 – Steven Spielberg’s Munich – featured me as an Islamic terrorist’s son. Needless to say, that was...
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"In the midst of a national debate over transgender rights, a New York doll company has unveiled a transgender doll, the first of its kind, modeled after advocate Jazz Jennings. Jennings, 16, has identified as female since she was a toddler. She celebrated the creation of the doll before Tonner Doll Company unveiled a prototype last week at the Toy Fair in New York City. 'I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people,' Jennings wrote in an Instagram post on Feb. 10. 'For those asking: the doll is considered to be the first 'transgender' doll because it's based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that's exactly what I am: a regular girl!'" - Fortune

"I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light"
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"With Ivanka's proposed plan, individuals who earn less than $250,000 a year or couples who earn less than $500,000 would be able to deduct the cost of child care expenses from their income taxes. 'Lower-income families without tax liability would get a rebate for their expenses in the form of a larger earned income tax credit,' the article reads. Economist Alan Cole describes the proposal as 'generous and broad,' noting that 'almost everyone with young children will get some benefit from it.' However, he cautions, 'the largest benefits will go to relatively affluent dual-income families using paid child care.' In other words, the people spending most on child care, who need the least help affording it, will be the ones to benefit most." - VICE

Even though the plan benefits wealthy people—which is something the GOP loves—it's so expensive that it's unlikely to succeed in Congress.
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"Kellyanne Conway spoke today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where she offered up her own definition of conservative feminism. 'There’s an individual feminism wherein you make your own choices,' she said. 'I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances, and that’s really to me what conservative feminism is all about.' Conway also mentioned that she finds modern feminism to be 'anti-male' and 'pro-abortion.' As has now become almost a custom in 2017, following her speech, Merriam-Webster noted that searches for 'feminism' spiked, prompting the dictionary to tweet the word’s definition — which, unsurprisingly, looks fairly different from the one Conway promoted at CPAC." - New York Magazine

"It's great that this billboard has launched a conversation about gender roles in the community. But we agree with the protest organizers: The issue is that a statement on what 'real' men and 'real' women do invalidates a whole host of groups. This includes the growing number of single mothers who are the sole providers for their families (real women who provide), women who outearn their partners, same-sex couples, and people who identify as transgender. Together, these group...s constitute a large part of the U.S. in 2017. To review: No, there is nothing wrong with a man providing for the family and a woman choosing to stay at home. Yes, there is something wrong with perpetuating stereotypes that paint women as subservient — in fact, it can be viewed as a microaggression. And while the first amendment grants a company the right to buy any billboard it wants and slap it up over the highway, it also gives people the right to speak out against it." - Natalie Gontcharova, Refinery29

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North Carolina residents are protesting a billboard with a sexist statement about the roles of "real men" and "real women."
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"The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easier for students like her to seek redress for discrimination in federal court. The justices ruled 8-0 that Ehlena Fry, 13, and her parents may not be obligated to go through time-consuming administrative appeals with the local school board before suing for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied ...the assistance of her dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder. Ehlena was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that severely limited her mobility. Wonder was trained to help her balance, retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, turn on lights, take off her coat and other tasks. 'I saw with my own eyes how Wonder helped my daughter grow more self-reliant and confident,' Stacy Fry, Ehlena's mother, said in a statement. 'We are thankful that the Supreme Court has clarified that schools cannot treat children with disabilities differently or stand in the way of their desired independence.'" - Reuters

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easier for students like her to seek redress for discrimination in federal court.
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"It is such an honor and a privilege to thank you for being a pioneer and trailblazer for women across the world. I want to let you know that you are no longer hidden. We see you, we salute you and we thank you." - Janelle Monáe to ‘Hidden Figure’ And Naval Engineer Raye Montague via The Huffington Post

Raye Montague is the woman who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designs ships.
huffingtonpost.com|By Taryn Finley

"This year, we're celebrating the fact that the Academy Awards features non-white nominees in every acting category for the first time in a decade. Additionally, Joi McMillon, the co-editor of 'Moonlight' is the first African-American woman ever to be nominated for film editing. Barry Jenkins is only the fourth black filmmaker nominated for Oscar Best Director and could become the first to win with 'Moonlight'.�� While this represents major progress, we still have a long way to go. Since the Awards started in 1929, only 6.7% of acting nominations have gone to 'non-white actors.' This year, women make up only 20% of the nominees, with no women directors or cinematographers and only one woman writer nominated. We can and must do better.��" - Jennifer Siebel Newsom, via The Hollywood Reporter

Jennifer Siebel Newsom talks Oscars diversity and why there's never been a better time to #AskHerMore.
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We #StandWithGavin and all trans students. You are loved. You are valued. We are with you.

President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday revoked landmark guidance issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights, reversing course on a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
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“Women need better representation in film and we’re hardly the only ones. I’ve been in Hollywood a long time and it hasn’t changed as much as you would think. But there are some bright lights - and one of them is the work of The Representation Project. With their #AskHerMore campaign, they’ve transformed the red carpet and the negative message it sent viewers and participants. I’m proud to be part of that movement that will keep pushing back against sexism in this industry an...d our society at large.” - The Representation Project Ambassador, actor, and activist #SallyField

We’re thrilled to share the launch of The Representation Project Ambassadors, a group of influential supporters and thought leaders in film and media who are committed to publicly using their voice to challenge limiting stereotypes and social injustices. Check out who’s joining Sally Field as an ambassador: http://therepresentationproject.org/about/#ambassadors

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This amazing group of high-profile ambassadors has banded together to use their platforms to challenge stereotypes and promote social justice. A big thanks and welcome to: Sally Field, Matt McGorry, Rosario Dawson...
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"In a video, shared Monday by journalist Shaun King on Twitter, the indigenous women of Standing Rock stress that demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline are about much more than water. 'In the history of colonization, they’ve always given us two options: Give up our land or go to jail. Give up our rights or go to jail,' one woman says in the video. 'And now, give up our water or go to jail. We are not criminals.' Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota signed an emergency... evacuation order on Feb. 15, reaffirming a Feb. 22 deadline for protestors to leave the Oceti Sakowin camp. The governor’s statement claims that safety concerns are behind the evacuation order...'They don’t understand people are willing to die here,' a 90-year-old woman told The Intercept. 'They don’t understand we will not back down. We have our ancestors with us and we are in prayer that Tunkashila (Great Spirit in Lakota) will guide us in our freedom.' As one woman says in the video: 'They’ve been trying to take us down for hundreds of years. They can keep trying, and we’re still going to be here, and we need help. There aren’t many of us left.'” - The Huffington Post

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"We’re still going to be here, and we need help."
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"This week, President Trump transitioned from instituting an immigration ban to assembling the likes of a deportation force. I fear we are forgetting that we have more in common than our perceived differences. America was founded on a revolutionary idea that all men are created equal, and we have since been fighting to make America live up to the true meaning of its founding principle. Generations of people came here to seek that promise of America and the American Dream: the... beautiful idea that no matter who you are, no matter where you were born, no matter your gender, your race, or your class, that with a little hard work, you could have the same freedoms and opportunities to realize your human potential. The people coming into this country today, both legally and illegally, are merely seeking that dream for themselves, and they are human beings, just like you and me...And so we must not turn a blind eye to the cruelty and human cost of deportation – it tears apart families and destroys dreams. It’s a divestment from community, compassion, and empathy and an unfortunate investment of our national resources in division, violence, and hate...We reject the policies put forth today by the new administration and stand with all immigrants against bigotry and hate. " - Jennifer Siebel Newsom via The Representation Project

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This week, President Trump transitioned from instituting an immigration ban to assembling the likes...
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"The only thing this latest controversy proves is that supporting [Milo] Yiannopoulos was never about 'free speech.' Those who canceled his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference and pulled his book because they found what he said about children abhorrent are essentially conceding that everything he said previous was tolerable. That the racism, misogyny, xenophobia were just fine. That they could live with Yiannapoulos outing trans students - putting them at r...isk for violence - and emboldening online mobs to attack women and people of color. And make no mistake, the conservative posturing on child sex abuse falls especially flat considering their tolerance for racism and anti-immigrant rhetoric: children of color and kids from marginalized communities are far more likely to be abused because predators target those who are unprotected. Their policies make certain children are much more vulnerable to abuse, so I’m quite over hearing how much they care about kids." - Jessica Valenti, via The Guardian

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And make no mistake, the conservative posturing on child sex abuse falls especially flat considering their tolerance for racism and anti-immigrant rhetoric: children of color and kids from marginalized communities are far more likely to be abused bec
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"Of course, there’s nothing to stop girls from interpreting Logan as Tenney’s short-haired friend who joined her Riot Grrrl band to rock against the patriarchy. If Logan were being advertised as the company’s first transgender doll, his story would fit right in line with American Girl’s origins, imploring kids to consider sophisticated issues at a second-grade reading level. Disappointing, then, that he seems to be a glorified background player getting all the attention because he’s a man." - Caity Weaver, The New York Times

Do you agree? What's your take?

Let America’s girls have American Girl to themselves.
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"You would not believe what female inmates go through to access menstrual hygiene products. The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 8 female prisoners at Muskegon County Jail because (among other things) the prison denied inmates access to menstrual hygiene products, a condition considered inhumane and degrading. Female inmates in Connecticut only get five pads per week to split with their bunkmate, which means they may have to use a single pad for multiple ...days. I cannot imagine how humiliating that must feel. My bill would require each state to give female inmates and detainees as many tampons or pads as they need, whenever they need them—at no cost. If Congress has to deny states certain federal funds to get their prisons to change their current horrendous practices, then so be it.

Homeless women also face serious problems when on their period. A report issued in 2014 said that homeless women experience the 'degrading condition of not having access to adequate facilities during their menstrual cycles to be able to use hygiene products and change them on a regular basis.' Some homeless women resort to using rags or...nothing. Congress should be outraged by these conditions. Shelters should be able to use federal grant money to purchase tampons or pads—that is exactly what my bill ensures.

Once I started learning about all of the ways women and girls struggle to access menstrual hygiene products during their periods, I realized how much I took my own circumstances for granted. I am grateful to be in a position to advocate on this issue and effect change. My bill may be the first effort at addressing menstrual equity on the national stage, but it won't be the last. Especially not if passionate and talented women like you run for office and promote issues like these when you get there." - Congresswoman Grace Meng, via Marie Claire

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An op-ed by Congresswoman Grace Meng.
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"In 2017, there are still some fields that are predominantly 'women's work.' Nurses and elementary-school teachers are mostly female, for example. Domestic and child care work is still largely assigned to women, and still draws bad wages when it draws wages at all. The Guardian statement specifically calls for a 'a feminism for the 99%,' and calls upon women to '[abstain] from domestic, care and sex work'—yet, because those positions are still brutally undervalued, and freque...ntly exploitative, striking is likely to be much riskier for those women than for women in the middle or upper classes. A woman with a comfortable office job may be able to 'strike' simply by taking paid time off and feel confident that her job will be there when the strike is over. But for women in lower-wage positions with few or no protections, leaving for even a day might mean going without necessary wages, or incurring the wrath of an abusive boss, or even losing her job entirely. (Another useful note from history: The 1970 Women's Strike made sure to schedule its march for 5 P.M. because many women would not be able to get a day off.) True, part of the point of a strike is for middle- and upper-class women to stand in solidarity with working-class and poor ones, protecting them from reprisal by joining in the action—but it's still worth noting that protest itself can be a luxury." - ELLE Magazine (US)

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The complicated prospect of the women's strike.
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