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The ACLU Wants to Fight Gender Discrimination in Hollywood

The civil rights organization sent letters requesting an investigation into the industry’s hiring practices.

Lupita Nyong'o winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Image via YouTube screencapture.

Rita Wilson and Geena Davis aren’t the only ones at the frontlines of the fight against gender discrimination in Hollywood: the ACLU has joined the ring, with a righteous plea towards government agencies to investigate the sexism embedded within the film and television industries. Yesterday, the civil rights group announced that it had sent letters to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs requesting inquiries into the hiring practices of Hollywood studios.

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Here’s the Soundtrack to Your International Women’s Day Weekend

The L.A. band bringing gender justice to the dance floor

Photo by Piero F. Giunti. Courtesy of Las Cafeteras.

Los Angeles-based musicmakers, Las Cafeteras, are a community-focused band with a global perspective. They sing in in the traditions of San Jarocho, a style of music indigenous to the region of Veracruz in Mexico. As the children of immigrant parents in the United States, however, this Chican@ band’s lyrical themes and narratives resonate across transnational borders, championing the struggles of marginalized peoples all over the world and advocating for racial, gender and queer justice for all communities.

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Will Daniel Craig's PSA Make Up for the Chauvinistic Bond Franchise?

For an International Women's Day PSA, Daniel Craig literally steps into a woman's shoes. The Bond franchise, we assume, won't change.

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Nobody would ever peg womanizing spy James Bond as an advocate for gender equality. But in this two-minute clip starring Daniel Craig as Bond and produced by the organization We Are Equals for the 100th annual International Women's Day, 007 gets totally schooled by "M" on the challenges women face—and spends half the clip dressed as a woman. It's a gutsy move to put such a chauvinistic character in drag, but there's no denying the impact of this one PSA is dwarfed by all the sexist gender biases and scantily-dressed "Bond Girls" that have been mainstays of the 22 Bond movies released to date. Perhaps this PSA a sign that Craig's planning to pressure the franchise's script writers to not include such biases and imagery in the upcoming Bond 23?

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