Cross-post: Is Netflix the New Feminist Hollywood Leader?

Orange is the New Black

This is my latest post on the web site The Broad Side, the newest, coolest, must-read magazine that features the best women’s commentary from around the web and real women writing about their real opinion commentary and real political views. Things haven’t been looking good for women in the television industry for a long time. According to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are female. With such a dearth of female representation in front of and behind the camera, it’s been a … [Read more...]

Because life’s like that.

Deborah Copaken Kogan

This week I read a brilliant article by Deborah Copaken Kogan, a well-known writer and feminist.  I was attracted to the title of the article about her so-called post feminist life “Life in Arts and Letters”.  It immediately brought to mind the TV show with almost the same name that I relished in the 1990s and I was curious what Kogan had to say about her life as a feminist. And her piece hit me like a bomb.  As I am sure it hit the whole of the Internet. I read how it hit the writers at Women & Hollywood and Jezebel hard – 17,000 shares on … [Read more...]

Thinking About Admission


A few weeks ago I had the privilege of screening ADMISSION , a Paul Weitz film starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.  I also had the chance to meet and attend a press conference with all three the next day.  Three publics figures whose work I adore, it was quite the treat. Tina Fey was just as cute, tiny and down-to-earth as I expected (seriously, could you just gag?).  I particularly liked her response when asked if getting into NYC schools is harder than getting into Princeton. About the interview process, she said: What if you have to take them that … [Read more...]

Sitting Down with Merle Hoffman, Abortion Rights Pioneer

merle hoffman talkback

The other night I had the incredible opportunity to interview Merle Hoffman, the woman who brought abortion from the back alley to the boardroom. This was the art we produced to promote the discussion prepared by Amy Wilson, the brilliant producer of The Best of Everything, which has been playing at the Here Arts Center and is finishing its run tonight: To prepare for our discussion, I read her new book: Intimate Wars: The Life and Times of the Woman Who Brought Abortion from the Back Alley to the Boardroom.  Hoffman has lived her life devoted to … [Read more...]

A Message from Women in the World: Be Fearless, Committed and Audacious


I was lucky and privileged this past weekend to be contacted by Liberty Mutual Insurance, a sponsor of the third annual Women in the World summit, to attend the summit as their guest.  Hosted by Tina Brown, editor in chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast, the summit brings together women leaders and activists from around the globe to address the most urgent challenges facing women and girls.  I was there to catch the premiere of one their films about a woman who embraces responsibility and impacts change, and I also got an all access pass to attend the … [Read more...]

ONE Mom Can Make a Difference

ONE Moms

It only takes ONE mom. That's what we believe. ONE mom can make a difference; she can tell another mom's story. She can help a child with homework; she can tweet, blog and use her voice for mothers in the world's poorest places.  It only takes ONE mom to inspire hope. On Tuesday, October 25th, the moms who traveled with ONE to Kenya will be in Washington, DC to meet with their elected officials and members of the Obama Administration. They will be asking the White House to develop a bold plan to combat HIV/AIDS and bring about the beginning of the end … [Read more...]

I’m Not Alone. Just Ask Twitter.

Family Fighting

Inspired by my friend at BitchinWivesClub and her article "School Can't Start Soon Enough," I have to be honest about what's been going on in my life.  My kids have been home full time.  Camp ended.  School doesn't start in my town until September 8th. And to be honest, the time has felt like an eternity. I hate to admit this publicly as I know these days, these years, are flying by.  All the moms around me seem to love the long days of summertime.  No routine.  No schedules.  Freedom to do whatever. Many have gone on vacation over the last half of … [Read more...]