Gender and Politics in the media

Oscar voters are white, male and older, study shows. Who earns more: men or women? North or South?

Oscar voters are primarily white, male and older, study shows Hamilton Spectator Los Angeles Times study found that academy voters are markedly less diverse than the moviegoing public, and even more monolithic than many in the film industry may suspect. Oscar voters are nearly 94% Caucasian and 77% male, The Times found. Blacks are about 2% of the academy, and Latinos are less than 2%.

Oscar voters have a median age of 62, the study showed. People younger than 50 constitute just 14% of the membership.

The academy calls itself “the world’s preeminent movie-related organization” and its membership includes some of the brightest lights in the film business — Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg, among others. The roster also features actors far better known for their television acting, such as Erik Estrada from “CHiPs,” Jaclyn Smith of “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Love Boat’s” Gavin MacLeod.

Sad but true: Oscar voters are old, white, male, and petty The Week Magazine It takes a certain kind of insanity to care about the subjective opinions of 6,000 total strangers. And yet, on Sunday night, roughly 40 million people will tune in to ABC to do just that.

We all know that the Academy Awards ceremony is Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. Each studio spends countless millions of dollars, on both production and promotion, to chase the whims of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which hands out the shiny golden trophies each year.

But who are these Oscar voters who command so much power and attention in the industry, anyway?

Who earns more: men or women? North or South? We look at wage gaps between men and women, and Northerners and Southerners.

According to the International Labour Organisation, there is no country on earth where women are paid as much as men.

The wage gap shows no sign of closing here in the UK, indeed the gap increased for the first time since 2008 and now stands at 10% so for every £1 men earn, women earn 90p.

Here’s how the pay divide has evolved in the past 15 years.

In her husband’s footsteps: Wives succeed their spouses in Congress USA TODAY Debbie Dingell formally launched her bid for Congress on Friday, instantly becoming the favorite to win the seat her husband, John, has held in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 58 years.

But Dingell, a 60-year-old former General Motors executive, could also make history as the first woman to succeed her still-living spouse in Congress. Dingell is making campaign stops in Dearborn, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in southeast Michigan today as she declares her candidacy for the congressional seat that has been in her husband’s family since 1933.

The One Way Republicans Can Stop the Democrats’ “War on Women” Messaging Slate Magazine (blog) Edward-Isaac Dovere has a piece up at Politico examining the Democrats’ “war on women” messaging, ramping up for the 2014 midterms, and the Republican response. As Dovere reports, Democrats are thinking beyond reproductive rights to recast income inequality, workplace protections, and possibly even immigration as “women’s issues.” Dovere casts that decision as a purely political one, but one reason the strategy works is because the evidence supports it: Women are disproportionately affected by income inequality and a lack of workplace protections, and feminist organizing might is throwing itself behind the issue of immigration reform.

Book Review: Women in the Club: Gender and Policy Making in the Senate by Michele Swers … LSE Review of Books ⋅ Blog Admin The current 113th Congress has the most women Senators in the body’s 225 year history: 20. Michele L. Swers’ book, Women in the Club: Gender and …

What happens to women online matters | MSNBC – YouTube Melissa Harris-Perry and her guests, Amanda Hess, Anthea Butler, Jill Filopovic, Nancy Giles, and Elon James White, discuss Amanda Hess’ article in …

Catherine Russell Is Turning the Tide on Women’s Rights Daily Beast Catherine Russell is settling into her second year as the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, but already her findings—which she’ll discuss during our Women in the World D.C. event this Monday—are eye-opening.

Clinton Honors Men Working for Gender Equality Georgetown University The Hoya Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state and honorary founding chair of the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security, presented the 2014 HillaryRodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security in Gaston Hall on Tuesday to honor and celebrate the work of three leaders in the field.

Budgeting: Policy to end gender inequality stressed The Express Tribune They were speaking at a discussion and lobbying session on “gender-responsive budgeting (GRB)” mechanisms in Pakistan here on Wednesday.

The session was organised by the Human Capital Management Institute (HCMI) and Noor Pakistan in collaboration with the Evidence and Learning Based Learning Alliance (ELLA) to create awareness about gender gap challenges in Pakistan and the opportunities to reduce them.

Parliamentarians from four major political parties said that since poverty was more prevalent among women and girls in rural areas, they were far behind than their male counterparts in terms of human development and gender empowerment.

Sustainable Development Goals: Where do Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Stand? Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday File: The eighth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG8) that took place 3-7 February 2014 in New York is the most recent in the series of consultations with governments and civil society on how to shape a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[1] to merge with the new post-2015 development framework. AWID looks at the extent to which this intergovernmental process has included gender equality and women’s rights in their deliberations, and what areas remain a challenge as negotiations begin.

More women in Colombian politics, please Colombia Politics Women make up only 25% of the candidates in this year`s elections.  Sadly, most stand little chance of being elected, and are way down on the ballot paper.

The law says 30% of senate and congress hopefuls must be women, but many complain this is largely irrelevant if these candidates are mere also-rans.

The news is not all doom and gloom, however. Former President Alvaro Uribe`s right-wing Centro Democratico party, has women in 4 of its top 5 senate spots, while the Conservatives have Marta Lucia Ramirez and Polo Democrats Clara Lopez, as their presidential candidates.

Nordic gender equality goes New York Vereinte Nationen (UNO) 28 February 2014 – The Nordic countries have joined forces on gender equality for 40 years. The Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality are celebrating this with a number of events in conjunction with the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, which opens on 10 March.

This year’s priority theme is the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals to promote gender equality and empower women and girls.28 February 2014 – The Nordic countries have joined forces on gender equality for 40 years. The Nordic Council of Ministers for Gender Equality are …

Sweden boosts gender equity in Zim The Zimbabwean Set to run from 2014- 2017, the programme brings together United Nations agencies, some of which include the UN Women, the International Labor Organisation, United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Population Fund and the government of Zimbabwe.

It includes other development partners and a number of different gender equality advocates whose aim isto supportgovernment in attaining its gender development goals.

Speaking at the launch of the four year programme, the Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe, LarsRonnås, said respect for women’s rights would foster sustainable development.

In search of more women leaders Mail Tribune Women may make up roughly 50 percent of the population, but they fill only 28 percent of the board seats for Jackson County companies and agencies.

While they appear on 38 percent of the non-profit boards, their representation dwindles to 20 percent in the for-profit realm.

When it comes to representation in the political arena, they fare even worse.

For evidence, look at the Medford City Council, where Karen Blair is the lone woman, said Jeanne Stallman, executive director for outreach and engagement at Southern Oregon University and the organizer of the Women’s Leadership Conference being held in Medford today.

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