The Wednesday Five

In this week’s Wednesday Five: Nearly half of the proposed new voting class for the Oscar’s are women; DOVE’s new ad campaign features women defining beauty and success for themselves; three girlfriends celebrate 100 years of friendship; Netflix’s Orange is the New Black interrogates compassion; and Ida Applebroog on her artistic reinvention at 86!



The New (Diverse) Oscar’s?


After facing a year of intense scrutiny and criticism about its diversity problem, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced, “Nearly half of the proposed new voting class — who will be eligible to vote for Oscar nominees and winners starting with the 2017 honors — are women.” This year, the Academy has sent out a record of 683 invitations for membership, more than double the 322 invitations issued last year. Of the new members invited, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs wrote in a statement, “we know they view this as an opportunity and not just an invitation, a mission and not just a membership.”

Read more at BuzzFeed.



DOVE: Beauty on Your Town Terms

“I don’t dress my age, I dress myself the way I am!” So says the beautiful silver fox in DOVE’s new ad campaign, “Beauty on Your Own Terms.” The video features several dynamic women who have combated stereotypes or overcome perceived weaknesses to define beauty and success for themselves. About the new campaign, global executive creative officer Andre Laurentino shared with Fast Company that the campaign is a response to “trivializing women through a focus on how they look over and above their achievements. We wanted to take a positive stand on this and inspire women through real stories of how they can deal with this and celebrate their own beauty.”



Three Girlfriends Celebrate 100 Years of Friendship


What does 100 years of friendship among women look like? It looks like Bernice Underwood, Gladys Butler and Ruth Hammet —  childhood friends who were born in 1916 and grew up together in the same church in Southwest Washington, DC. The church, Zion Baptist Church, founded in 1864, is one of the oldest black churches in the city. Read more about their touching story of friendship, first reported in The Washington Post. And for more on this trio’s recent 100th birthday celebration, see TODAY

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