The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Lyda Hill Philanthropies were celebrated for groundbreaking research on the representations of women in STEM at the EQUALS in Tech awards presentation during the UN's Internet Governance Forum. Our research study, the first of its kind, validates the profound absence of diverse, female STEM characters and storylines in popular media. The research was recognized and awarded in front of hundreds of global decision makers and policy officials. Mary Ellen Holden, New York Council Lead for the Institute, accepted the award on behalf of the parties and spoke to the value of this research to help close the digital gender divide. As Davis says, "[T]here's one category of gross inequality where the under-representation of women can be fixed absolutely overnight: on screen." Read more.
The Television Academy Hall of Fame has announced its list for the 2020 class of honorees that includes Oxygen Media co-founder Geraldine Laybourne and actor Cicely Tyson. The ceremony, which honors those that have made substantial contributions to the arts and sciences of television, is set to take place on Jan. 28.
Academy Award-winning actor Helen Mirren is set to receive the Honorary Golden Bear lifetime achievement award at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February. "She surprises us time and again with her interpretation of complex characters -- whether it's Chris in 'Calendar Girls' or Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Queen,' her portrayals are a paradigm of strong women," Berlinale Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek says.
Actor Gal Gadot, otherwise known as Wonder Woman from the DC Comics franchise, is set to executive produce a US version of "Queens," an Isareli drama about the women of the Malka family. The series was the highest-rated show on Israel's HOT channel.
Contributions to Giving Tuesday totaled almost $2 billion, the organization reports, with a record $511 million raised online. Facebook, whose $7 million match was exhausted in less than one minute, reported raising around $120 million through its fundraisers, compared to $125 million in 2018.
The donor landscape has been evolving for years toward a model in which wealthy donors account for a growing share of annual contributions and fewer households participate in giving, writes Patrick Rooney of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Rooney discusses concepts such as universal charitable deductions that could potentially increase giving.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has allocated a $1.1 million grant to the WorkLife Partnership to help it use more technology and expand its mission of helping workers access child care, transportation and other services. Goldman Sachs, Chipotle and other businesses are focused on helping employees create a better work-life balance.
The United Way of Greater Houston is reviewing its grant-making process and is expected to cut support for some organizations due to financial constraints. The organization plans to focus on serving people who meet the definition of "asset limited, income constrained, and employed."
Blue Shield of California collaborated with the California Department of Education and nonprofit groups to launch Blue Sky, which will provide online and other mental health resources to students in middle and high school. The program will also provide one-on-one therapy for student and youth mental health first aid training.
Michelle Obama has pledged more than $500,000 derived from merchandise sales related to her book, "Becoming," to the Obama Foundation's Girls Opportunity Alliance fund." The fund supports small, local efforts to help girls access education in various countries.
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