Femtastic Friday May 22

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Femtastic Friday is back on the blog! Hope you’ve all had a great week and the quarter is wrapping up nicely for you! How is it already the end of May?!

In the news this week:

We’ve all heard of #blacklivesmatter. We should also know about #sayhername — a hashtag that calls for the recognition of the black women and girls killed by police. On Thursday demonstrators gathered in cities across the US to protest and remind us that black women’s lives matter, too.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has named Lorella Praeli, a former undocumented immigrant who is a prominent advocate for immigration reform, as its director of Latina/o outreach. Read more about Clinton’s decision and the importance of Praeli’s work as DREAMer.

The Girl Scouts of United States of America accepts trans girls. Their policy was made known four years ago but apparently some conservative groups are just hearing about it and are upset. In response, Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girl Scouts USA’s chief girl expert says: “Our position is not new. It conforms with our continuous commitment to inclusivity.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is paying attention to all the talk and research pointing out Hollywood’s gender wage gap and gender discriminatory hiring practices. The ACLU filed a complaint and is calling for an investigation. Some of their alarming findings: Barely 2 percent of the directors of the top-grossing 100 films of 2013 and 2014 were women. Out of a survey of the 500 top-grossing movies from 2007-2012, only two of the 565 directors were women of color.

In more encouraging Hollywood news: The Feminist Majority Foundation honored award-winning television producers Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan “for changing the face of media” at the 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Awards on Monday. In case you don’t know about these two innovative women creator-writer-directors-producers: Rhimes is the creator of tv shows How to Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal. Kohan created Orange is the New Black.

Happy Friday everyone! Go handle your weekend!

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