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    The Invisible War

    There are some movies that just gut you.  They just hit you hard and twist until you are a spent rag ready to get up and fight against all the injustices that have just been witnessed. 

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    Barbra Streisand Raises Awareness of Women's Heart Disease

    Streisand held a huge fundraiser at her home last night to raise money for women's heart disease.  She has endowed the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai hospital in LA.  Did you know heart disease is the #1 killer of women?

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    Cannes Film Festival Slammed By Feminist Group La Barbe For Excluding Women Directors

    The French feminist group La Barbe which was started several years ago in response to the sexist media treatment of Segolene Royal in her race against Nicholas Sarkozy, has taken on one of the most sexist film establishments, the Cannes Film Festival for its exclusion of female directors from this y...

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    The Sundance Institute and Women in Film Team Up to Get More Women Filmmakers Working in Hollywood

    Finally some organizations have stepped up and stood up and committed resources to work towards improving the amount of female filmmakers working in the business.  Women in Film and the Sundance Institute are going to track female filmmakers who show their films at Sundance to get a sense of th...

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    Women and Hollywood Joins the National Domestic Workers Alliance #BeTheHelp Campaign

    I have always believed that culture can help make change. I believe that you can use film and TV to move people about issues -- if you do it right. The smart folks with the National Domestic Workers Aliiance are using a cultural opportunity with the film The Help and have created the #BeTheHelp campaign to raise awareness of the real situations for domestic workers. These mostly women are part of an underground economy many times paid in cash and not given the same rights as other workers. Yet they are the life blood of families enabling parents to go to work each and every day knowing that their children are being cared for my people t...

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    Guest Post: Women War & Peace: Bosnian Women Testify for Change By Pamela Hogan

    For eight years as a founding producer of PBS’s award-winning international documentary series WIDE ANGLE, I made it my mission to expand coverage of under-reported global women’s issues. I’m proud of the ground-breaking films we made, tackling stories almost no one else was talking about from maternal mortality in Africa to the worldwide crisis in access to education, especially for girls in developing countries. But I began to feel that overall we were paying too much attention to a “narrow angle” of war. There was plenty of press reflecting a masculine narrative: warlords, generals and border conflict. There was bountiful footage of men...

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    Women's Rights Advocates Win Nobel Peace Prize

    What amazing news. I am beyond inspired and excited.

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    Variety's Women's Impact Report - 2011

    Variety had a luncheon last week where they honored over 30 women for their impact on the business and included two pieces on how Sweden and Norway are working on getting more women directors (they implemented a mandate) and a report on the great work that Geena Davis does through Geena Davis Instit...

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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Amy Poehler

    Amy Poehler pens a letter in support of Planned Parenthood. Here's some of it:

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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Mariska Hargitay

    Mariska founded the charity Joyful Heart Foundation which is up for a $500,000 Chase Community Giving Grant. Joyful Heart's mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues. They a...

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