Female Stereotypes – Bah Humbug

So I watched “Scandal” this week — of course — and Mellie finally got a break. After so many episodes of getting short shrift, she took her place at the head of the line and got some respect — Quiet, the junior senator from Virginia has the floor! In this episode, Mellie – played by … Continue reading Female Stereotypes – Bah Humbug

My Three Cures For Diversity Fatigue @shondarhimes #diversity #inclusion #gender #bias

I spent most of last week at the 27th annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion in Minneapolis. “Making Waves” was the theme, and it was perfect. Tired lady

Over the past 40 years, making waves is something diversity hasn’t done much of. A few ripples here and there maybe, but for the most part, diversity and inclusion have been doing what Forum keynote speaker and NPR journalist Maria Hinojosa very eloquently described as the American cha-cha — a few steps forward, a few steps back.

I rolled my eyes when she said it, nodding my head along with most of the room. But now I think I may have been prematurely rude about the slow and not at all steady nature of progress in diversity. Perhaps it was my fatigue talking. The constant need to sigh deeply in mild but contemptuous disgust — when I’m not rolling my eyes at the repetitive nature of diversity discussions — to cry out in anger and frustration or to just stare like a deer in the face of oncoming headlights. Continue reading “My Three Cures For Diversity Fatigue @shondarhimes #diversity #inclusion #gender #bias”

Feminism on TV? ‘Scandal’-ous #diversity #inclusion #gender #Scandal

If you needed a(nother) reason to watch Scandal, HuffPo’s got it: The popular TV show gives viewers lessons on feminism to millions of viewers each week.Scandal

According to an article by Jessica Samakow posted this week, our favorite fixer Olivia Pope and our favorite fictional first lady Mellie Grant are chock full of nuggets that advance the fight for gender equality.

I noticed some time ago that executive producer Shonda Rhimes was a pro at using her dramatic TV prowess to advance diverse and inclusive ideas. But I’m glad someone other than me came straight out and gave her some virtual dap for her efforts. Continue reading “Feminism on TV? ‘Scandal’-ous #diversity #inclusion #gender #Scandal”