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The 2008 Women's Conference: Californians Turn Out For an Idea Fix

| October 24, 2008

Celebrities, coping advice, products and services are lavishly available to thousands of women at this annual event hosted by Maria Shriver. Backing up the show is a well-organized network of state organizations offering women and girls support and connection throughout the year. More »

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones

| October 10, 2008

Words matter. From caregivers to teenagers to journalists, use of biased language, often unconsciously, can cause measurable harm, new studies show. The Ad Council, with PSAs featuring Hilary Duff among others, addresses one part of the problem in a campaign launched today. More »

Keeping Hold of Your Vision—the Making of Hounddog

| September 17, 2008

One of the dirty secrets of the film business is that it takes women directors a long time to get their films made. The Women, which opened recently, took Diane English 14 years to bring to the screen; other examples include Tamara Jenkins award-winning The Savagesand Kimberly Peirce's Stop-Loss, which took 10 years each. Writer/director Deborah Kampmeier joins this illustrious club with her own decade long trek to see her filmHounddog starring Dakota Fanning finally released in theatres. More »

Firaaq or “The Quest”—A Woman Filmmaker at Telluride

| September 5, 2008

If you have had the exquisite pleasure of seeing the films Earth and Fire ( the last of the trilogy is Water) by the genius Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, then you know the celebrated actress Nandita Das. Now Das has followed in the footsteps of Mehta, described as “Canada's most internationally renowned woman filmmaker," by directing her first feature. More »

Women Film Critics: An Endangered Species?

| August 22, 2008

Mainstream media paid scant attention to Martha Lauzen's "Thumbs Down: Representation of Women Film Critics in the Top 100 U.S. Daily Newspapers" when the report was published on July 28 by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), although the posting was supported by simultaneous distribution to 500 entertainment media and movie industry A-listers. More »

Raising Our Voices: Disparities in Health Care and Film Criticism

August 22, 2008

Isabel Allende, Loung Ung and the Power of Memoir

| July 31, 2008

It’s mind-numbing. Four hundred thousand dead and 2.45 million displaced in Darfur; 5.4 million dead in fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998; epidemic levels of violence against women and children. With the constant repetition of such statistics of devastation, what can move us to action? More »

Women Ahead of the (Blog) Curve

| July 24, 2008

Four years ago Lisa Stone, Jory des Jardins and Elisa Camahort Page wanted to settle the annoying question they were constantly hearing: where are the women bloggers? So they put out a call, on their blogs of course, asking women if they would come to a conference, and, as Elisa says, the "response was immediate, passionate and positive.” Today Blogher has exploded from the 300 early attendees to 1,000 women (and a couple of guys) who just spent two days in San Francisco networking, learning and creating community around the act of blogging. More »

Her Pueblo Round Place-A Remembrance of Paula Gunn Allen

| June 24, 2008

Doc Film Makers Keep Women’s Issues on the Agenda

| June 18, 2008