women in the media

A woman gives everything she’s got for success…

I recently went to see the latest version of A Star is Born at the cinema – the third remake since the original 1937 film. There must be something timeless about the story of a talented young woman being discovered by a fading star, or maybe we all just enjoy a good romance. It intrigues me, though, that in the #MeToo era, we’re still entertained by the idea of a woman who sleeps her way to stardom. Does the fact…

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Tune your ear to women’s voices

In recent weeks, it’s been reported by both Sandi Toksvig and Natalie Haynes that footage of female comics is routinely edited out of broadcast comedy programmes.* What’s left in typically shows the women laughing at the men’s jokes, when in fact the women were just as funny as the men during recording. This highlights two key points for me, the first being that the comedians’ experiences reveal just how important it is that we’ve got so many women broadcasting on…

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