All About Women
The All About Women festival celebrated its sixth consecutive edition in the Sydney Opera House on March 4th. This event included talks, podcasts, workshops about intersectionality, the Me Too movement, Trump, climate justice, and the politics of relationships. All About Women perfectly captured the impact the feminist movement is having today.
Frances McDormand’s Oscar acceptance speech
Thanks to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Oscar night was filled with feminist moments. From Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek taking a stand to the first ever female cinematographer nomination. The strongest statement came however with Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech. She encouraged all the female nominees to stand up and called upon male counterparts to look around and notice all the stories that could be told.
The 8M strike in Spain
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, Spanish women called for a 24-hour strike demanding to end discrimination and macho culture. It was the first nationwide walkout staged in Spain and some high-profile women, such as the mayor of Madrid, participated. This strike also set a strong demand to end male violence and the pay gap.
The Queen receives her proper pay
After it was revealed that Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown, was paid less than Matt Smith, who has a supporting role, producers of the show began issuing public apologies, claiming that from now on “no one gets paid more than the Queen”. They have also stated that they are eager to talk to Time’s Up about a petition to donate the wage difference to less high-profile cases that have the same issue.
Naomi Wadler makes a statement
The March for Our Lives was a defining moment in history by all accounts. In a day filled with powerful and compelling speeches, 11-year-old Naomi Wadler stood out, shedding a light on the lack of media coverage of black women whose lives are lost to gun violence. She, with a confident statement and powerful words, proudly represented black women; a minority that is constantly in danger and grossly overlooked.
A step towards sexual harassment legislation
Last month, a bill to reform the process of reporting sexual harassment was passed but no action was taken. In light of this, every single woman that holds a seat in the U.S. Senate (a total of 22 women) wrote a letter to the Senate demanding the legislation go to a vote. They slated the White House and called for an environment free from harassment and discrimination.