Norma Rae is a 1979 film about a woman in a small town in North Carolina who is fired from her job in a textile factory after she tries to organize a labor union. The film is based on the true story of union organizer named Crystal Lee Sutton. This scene, in which Norma Rae gains the support and solidarity of her co-workers, was a turning point in the movie and in Sutton’s real life. Sally Field, who plays Norma Rae, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal.
This chart was produced by the OpEd Project as part of their 2012 Byline Report. The Byline Report provides an analysis of the race and gender of contributors in major newsmedia publications, with an aim to "track the ideas and individuals that are most influential - shaping public opinion and policy, driving resources and talent, and assigning meaning to the world, in our national and global public conversation." This particular chart focuses on the gender of contributors in major "Legacy Media" (NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and the Wall Street Journal) on different topics of interest. Women are charted in blue, men are charted in orange.
The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, have been awarded annually since 1929 for excellence in film. The Oscars are generally seen as the most prestigious award in the film industry, televised live in more than 100 different countries and watched by approximately 40 million people in the United States alone. But who decides who actually gets to take home an Oscar? This infographic was produced by the LA Times as part of an investigation into the age, race and gender demographics of the nearly 6,000 people who vote for the Oscars. The results show that the Academy Awards voters are overwhelmingly white, mostly male and a majority are over the age of 60.
“Pinksourcing with Kristen Bell,” is a satirical video produced by The Huffington Post that prods companies to consider "pinksourcing" (hiring women as a cheap domestic source of labor) over outsourcing labor to other countries. It suggests that pinksourcing is advantageous because women in the United States make a fraction of men’s salaries, are afforded fewer healthcare benefits, and don’t require promotions to higher positions.
This advertisement is part of U.S. plus-size clothing company Lane Bryant’s “Plus is Equal” campaign, which calls out fashion magazines for not doing more to represent the majority of women who are bigger than the thin norms most prominently seen and celebrated in the fashion and entertainment industries. The ad shows a group of full-figured women confidentially walking towards the camera, first in lingerie, and then with fashionable clothes on, with rhythmic, percussive music in the background. As the women model their bodies and clothes, a woman’s voice says, “ I don’t think it matters what size you are. I think it’s time to represent all kinds of women. Proud, strong, fashion forward, stylish, super awesome – everyone deserves to be celebrated. No one’s ignoring us anymore.” The ad closes with the campaign tagline “Plus is Equal,” and then “Lane Bryant.”