Women in media joined other women demanding equality in the 1970s.
In the 1970s thousands of women in media took their employers to court over pay inequality. While many were successful, similar cases today show the fight for equality has a long way to go.
The allegations of sexual harassment against Don Burke have exposed a wider culture of misogyny in the Australian media.
The allegations of sexual harassment against Don Burke have exposed a media culture rife with misogyny. But what will it take to change?
Advertising continues to portray women as charming keepers of the home, making it harder to succeed at work.
TV commercials continue to traffic in outmoded gender roles, relegating women to the home. A media scholar explains how these stereotypical portrayals can fuel workplace harassment by powerful men.
Janis Joplin in Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Female popular musicians die younger – and from more unnatural causes like suicide, homicide and accidents – than women in the general population. What's going wrong?
Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour, director of 2012’s Wadjda.
More mothers and older women working in the industry can balance how women are represented onscreen.
Why does this body shape matter so much?
This plastic matters: girls as young as three-and-a-half associate thin dolls with being smart and heavy dolls with being sad.
Script writers need to think past adjectives for “sexy” when creating female characters.
Bad female characters start with bad writing. We compare male and female character descriptions, which are often used as the starting point for casting calls.
Australia’s defining narratives are apparently stories by, for and about white cis men.
George A. Spiva Center for the Arts
Australia’s defining narratives are apparently, with rare exception, stories by, for and about white cis men. We need more than Screen Australia’s new measures to address gender equity in the film industry.
Screen Australia will target female-led projects.
The Preiser Project
Screen Australia has announced a five point plan to promote gender balance, including A$3 million funding for female-led creative projects.
Even with Kate Winslet and Judy Davis cast in The Dressmaker, the film was considered too high a risk for international buyers.
Courtesy of Universal Pictures.
If the Australian screen industry is to grow into the future and prosper, it cannot ignore the untapped creative talent and leadership potential of women. We need strategies to address this problem.
Miriam O'Reilly, who successfully sued the BBC for age discrimination.
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