Thursday, September 15, 2011

'Women and Girls Lead Launches'

The Independent Television Service announced the rollout of major national PBS broadcasts for its Women and Girls Lead campaign today. This three-year public media initiative will educate, focus, and connect viewers with more than 50 acclaimed documentaries and with nationwide community and educational events through leading partner organizations including Girl Scouts of the USA, CARE, and others.

Women and Girls Lead will launch its broadcasts on October 11, 2011 with "Women, War & Peace" on PBS. A five-part series executive produced by Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan, and Gini Reticker, the documentary series examines how women have been disproportionately affected by modern conflict and their unique role in brokering peace.

Jennifer Merin writes for Women's eNews that "September, it seems, began in retrograde: not one of the films opening on Labor Day weekend was directed by a woman. Meanwhile the holiday's big femme-centric feature, the French thriller "Love Crime,"has an older and younger woman--formidably portrayed by Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier, respectively--pitted against each other in mortal competition. No siree, sisterhood was not this month's starter."

"However," writes Merin, "September does see the launch of "Women and Girls Lead," a multiyear, multiplatform, global femme-centric cinematic initiative intended to raise consciousness about issues and empower women to take action against gender bias and other social injustice."

How would you like to see the entertainment industry's portrayal of women and girls change?