In this week’s Wednesday 5: Four women bring home the Pulitzer Prize; Summer 2014 could be the summer of women in film; 16 women behind innovative digital media organizations; a flight attendant finds a comedic solution to getting passengers’ attention; and actress Mindy Kaling says that her beauty choices should NOT be considered “courageous.”



Women and the Pulitzer Prize

The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes, which honor excellence in journalism and the arts, were announced Monday. Four incredibly gifted women received individual prizes in their fields. They include:


Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer for her criticism of architecture—criticism that blends expertise, civic passion, and sheer readability into arguments that consistently stimulate and surprise.


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Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch (Little, Brown), a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with exquisitely drawn characters that follows a grieving boy’s entanglement with a small famous painting that has eluded destruction. A book that stimulates the mind and touches the heart.


Annie Baker, for the The Flick, a thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage.




Megan Marshall for Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a richly researched book that tells the remarkable story of a 19th century author, journalist, critic, and pioneering advocate of women’s rights who died in a shipwreck.





Summer 2014 Could Be a Great Summer for Women in Film

Adam Vary of BuzzFeed reminds us that last year, the summer of 2013, there was ONE film that featured a predominantly female cast and that was released in more than 1,000 theaters by a major studio. That movie was The Heat. Yep! The Heat was the “compelling” women-led Hollywood blockbuster. Vary shares:

It remains standard operating procedure in Hollywood to release droves of male-dominated films into the multiplex—at least 15 are due from studios this summer. . . but a studio movie focusing on women continues to be such a rare occurrence, especially during the summer, that it is usually burdened with representing the success or failure of all potential studio movies about women.

However, this summer, Vary points out 14 we can look forward to. Take a look at the summer list  and mark your summer calendar.



Women Behind Media

As a media organization, Women’s Voices for Change is not only woman-centered but woman-led. Unfortunately, women-led media organizations and publications like ours are still very much underrepresented and underappreciated. In response, the folks at the Columbia Journalism Review profiled 16 accomplished women who have left the confines of traditional journalism to embark on starting their own media startups. Take a look at the list and support these women:

Melissa Bell, Vox Erin Polgreen, Symbolia Lara Setrakian, News Deeply Mary Borkowski, Jennifer Bernstein, and Rachel Rosenfelt, The New Inquiry Laura Poitras, The Intercept Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe, The Toast Kelly Virella, The Urban Thinker Sarah Lacy, PandoDaily Bonnie Wolf, Carol Guensburg, Domenica Marchetti, and Michele Kayal, American Food Roots Tavi Gevinson, Rookie . . 4. . This Week’s Dose of Laughter In this week’s dose of laughter, we share with you the video going viral (more than 2.5 million views on YouTube and counting) of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who put her own comedic stamp on the airplane safety demonstration. In an era while flying has become increasingly a test in patience, flight attendant Mary Cobb, who has been with Southwest for over seven years, has found a way to get passengers’ attention.  Enjoy! 5. . Mindy Kaling Doesn’t Want You to Call Her Courageous . At least don’t call her courageous for being herself and embracing her body. Mindy Kaling, the Indian-American actress, producer, and writer, talks about the comments she gets complimenting her on “not subscribing to ideals of beauty” and instead “letting herself go.” Watch the video as she talks about being comfortable with who she is and says the issue isn’t that she doesn’t subscribe to notions of beauty but that she thinks women of all sizes are beautiful.

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