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05 Mar 2021

Diversity Lens - Issue 66

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Diversity Lens - Issue 66

Welcome to Diversity Lens.
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Happy Women's History Month to you all.

This month was kickstarted by Chloe Zhao's history-making Golden Globe win - now the second woman to win best director, and the very first Asian woman.

Fittingly, in our team Lunch & Learn this week we discussed the importance of understanding intersectionality - significant this month and always. While we celebrate and empower women, remember the dual-fight of women of colour, of trans women, of disabled women, of working class women. We're reflecting on our privilege this week, and encourage you to do the same.

'Sexism stands at the door': 11 female film-makers written out of mainstream Hollywood history
“If a man does it, he’s so passionate. If a woman does it, she’s too emotional.”
In the week that saw a historic win for women at the Golden Globes, we look back to how we have got here and appreciate the women who came before us. Helen O'Hara writes for The Guardian, building on her recently released book Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film.

The cinematic canon is largely dominated by men, and still in retrospect, great female cinema is largely ignored in comparison. Historically in filmmaking, women are either missing entirely or isolated to an on-screen presence. The narrative of cinema has subsequently been "warped". O'Hara takes a look back at the alternative history of Hollywood, of the women locked out of its "corridors of power". Her book is available here, or you can listen to the Kermode on Film podcast to hear her speak.
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In Other News...
For International Women’s Day, IKEA launches a game that seeks to confront inequalities in the home
In collaboration with relationship expert Jennie Miller, IKEA bring us the FiftyFifty game. As the pandemic continues to threaten years of progress in gender equality, Ikea wants to start productive conversations. FiftyFifty aims to "revaluate and re-set our home life" by asking questions about your role in the home. Play for free now over on their Instagram page - but no keeping score!Read more... (2 minutes)
Some Families, the first podcast series to support queer parenting

This podcast is filling an important gap and answering the much-need questions on queer parenting. Hosts Lotte Jeffs and Stu Oakley are encouraging transparency and banishing gay parenting shame. They address key topics such as the lengthy adoption process, the importance of educating yourself on other queer experiences, and not becoming complacent. Listen now.Read more... (6 minutes)
This Week in D&I...
How Iceland is closing the gender wage gap

Despite continued activism, the gender pay gap persists in most countries. HBR suggest this failure may be due to putting the onus on individual workers to change their behaviour. Iceland have introduced a policy that means companies must evidence that they pay their men and women equitably - facing a fine if they fail to do so. Read about why it works.Read more... (4 minutes)
Upcoming Events...

Entrepreneurs Uncovered: Women Changing the Game

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8th), join our CEO Cynthia Davis, who will be chatting candidly with four brilliant female entrepreneurs. These women are experts in the fields of retail, skincare, neuromarketing & branding, and career development.

So get comfy, grab a drink, and discover the highs and lows of establishing your own brand, with the chance to get your burning questions answered. Save your space here.

Video of the Week...
The Voices in the Shadow
Our partners TLA Black Women in Tech are showcasing the journeys of 51 Black women in the UK who impacted the tech industry
Changemaker of the week...

Pat McGrath
Born to a working-class household and possessing no formal training in either fashion or make-up, Dame Pat McGrath has achieved an incredible feat. Receiving her DBE this year, McGrath is the first make-up artist to achieve a Damehood.

McGrath's career breakthrough began in the early 1990s whilst working alongside the now Editor-at-Large of British Vogue, Edward Enninful. By 2019 her beauty product range, Pat McGrath Labs became a $1 billion company and Selfridges' biggest selling beauty line. Unsurprisingly, McGrath is consistently featured as one of the most influential Black British people across a number of sectors.

In addition to adhering to her mother's advice of making a career of what you love, McGrath draws inspiration from models who represent a divergent collection of ethnicities, sizes and background, that allow her to create the looks that she dreams of in her head.

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