This December 15, 2010 Hollywood Reporter magazine cover features Anne Sweeney of Disney Corporation as Number 1 among “The Definitive List, Power 100: Women in Entertainment.” Sweeney smiles proudly with her arms crossed in a colorful suit jacket. The Hollywood Reporter is published for both general public audiences as well as industry professionals. This issue identifies one hundred women with significant influence in the entertainment industry. The slug line for the feature article describes these women as “The players who run the billion-dollar businesses, their personal stories and why they matter.”
Princess Awesome makes colorful clothes for girls featuring designs referencing science, dinosaurs, trains, pirates, math, and more. Princess Awesome was started by Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair, mothers frustrated with the lack of diverse options available in girls clothing sections of mainstream stores, who believe that “if a girl likes purple and also likes trucks, she should be able to wear a purple truck dress. And if a girl likes princesses and also aliens, then an alien princess skirt is for her.” What began as a home project in 2013 has been funded by people through Kickstarter, and as of 2015 is continuing to expand with new designs and factory production.
This is a video for the single “I Don’t Need a Man”, which was released by the pop group the Pussycat Dolls in 2006. The Pussycat Dolls are an American all-girl group that have sold over 50 million records worldwide. They were originally founded as a burlesque troupe in 1995. The lyrics of this song emphasise the independence and self-empowerment of the women, as they claim to be “fine” and “brand new” and “feel good” without a man. They also resist being sexualised and owned by men, as they don’t want “a ring” or “bling” or “a hand/If it only wants to grab one thing”. In the video, the six female members of the group dance around in revealing outfits, while performing rituals of feminine beauty such as painting their nails and shaving their legs.
This clip is a music video of Queen Latifah’s 1989 “Ladies First,” from her first albumAll Hail the Queen.Latifah raps, “Some think that we can’t flow / Stereotypes, they got to go / Imma mess around and flip the scene into reverse / With a little touch of ‘Ladies First’ / Who said the ladies couldn’t make it, you must be blind / If you don’t believe, well here, listen to this rhyme / Ladies first, there’s no time to rehearse / I’m divine and my mind expands throughout the universe.” The video begins with images of black female historical figures, and features Latifah and other women singing and dancing together. The imagery is complicated by scenes of violence and chaos from the South African struggle to end apartheid, which is reflective of the historical context in which the video was created. The video can be interpreted as an argument for intersectionality – the notion that issues of gender and racial injustice need to be considered together to work toward equality for all.
This video, produced by the European Commission in 2012, was part of a campaign to get young women interested in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Although the campaign might have been well-intentioned, the video stirred plenty of controversy due to its portrayal of women in science. It was quickly taken off the European Commission’s website.