What we’re striving for.
What we’re striving for.
All Change Starts with YOU.
I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege on my life. I have chosen those conditions which I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic status, or geographical location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can see, my African American co-workers, friends and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular time, place, and line of work cannot count on most of these conditions.
9. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
Women directors may not have had much luck at the Oscars this year, but things are going very well for one female director at the Sundance. Ava DuVernay, director of the drama Middle of Nowhere just won the Best Director for Dramatic Film award at the festival. She is the first black woman to win the award. Middle of Nowhere, which follows the story of a woman whose husband is incarcerated, is the second feature film she’s made. In her acceptance speech today, she said she was “stunned” and talked about how important it was for “filmmakers of color to see one another’s films and have them seen.” We can bet we’ll be seeing a lot more of DuVernay in the future.
“There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding Facebook’s IPO filing this week, but here’s a little Facebook news that’s not as exciting: There are zero women on its board of directors. In fact, it’s all rich white guys—not terribly representative of the wide open world Facebook claims to represent.
This oversight, if that’s what you want to call it, sets Facebook apart from other social media companies. (LinkedIn has one woman on its board, Google has three.) Only 11.3 percent of Fortune 500 companies don’t have a woman on their board. It’s even more odd because Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, is a well-known proponent of gender equality. You’d think she’d have pushed for some female representation.
It doesn’t make sense for a company that claims to be so forward looking to not have any women directors. If they just have an old boy’s network in the boardroom, they won’t have access to diverse ideas and strategies.
True, indeed. Not to mention that, according to a survey done by a non-profit called Catalyst, Fortune 500 companies with three or more female directors outperformed those with fewer women, achieving on average a 43 percent better return on equity.”
“On Sunday, Best Buy ran an ad showcasing a bunch of tech innovators — all of whom were dudes. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt — maybe those poor ad execs just didn’t know how to find cool women in tech. So we did the work for them. Here are ten awesome ladies they could’ve featured…”
Independent Women Part I - Destiny’s Child
“Well, this is depressing. After what seemed like 17 identical spasmodic performances and a Grammy award for Best R&B album, a contingent of Chris Brown’s female fans took to Twitter last night to congratulate and compliment the famously punch-happy singer— by offering themselves up for celebratory beatings. And all on a night that became a de facto memorial for a woman who was herself a victim of domestic violence. This is a whole rainbow of wrong.
Fans of Chris Brown’s greatest hits weren’t few and far between; if you tracked a #chrisbrown tag on Twitter last night, the number of messages supporting Chris Brown’s mission of hitmaking and chair throwing was discouraging. But none went as far as
This isn’t to say that the women tweeting messages like “Not gonna lie… I think I’d let Chris Brown beat me.” and “Chris Brown, please beat me ;)” deserve to actually be beaten or shamed— whoever raised these women should be. ”