Weekly Culture Report:  Getting lifted!  Small successes fueling hope in the fight for fairness

Weekly Culture Report: Getting lifted! Small successes fueling hope in the fight for fairness

Hope you had a great holiday weekend!  

We've got some celebrating to do!  I know I'm 2 weeks late, but some new stats and figures are coming out about how successful women were in the recent elections!  This Bloomberg piece focused on the Virginia results where 11 women won Republican seats.  It also cited a triumphant statistic from Emily's List that over 20,000 women contacted the political action committee to run for office in 2017 (which is WAY up from 900 in 2016).  My favorite podcast duo, Call Your Girlfriend, aired an episode on this topic that's definitely worth a listen.  It made me all psyched up about women in politics.  

Of course, the fight for gender equality extends beyond politics.  Here are some interesting issues facing women in culture:  

In Art

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Artsy and Gucci collaborated to create a series of videos called "Artists for Gender Equality".  It features a whole bunch of great female artists (and a few men) talking about how gender influences/has influenced the art world in the...

1.  Past (Faith Ringgold, Barbara Zucker)

11. Present (Miranda July, Marilyn Minter)

111. Future (Petra Collins, Genevieve Gaignard)

In Fashion

 The Pussyhat Project was started by Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh.

The Pussyhat Project was started by Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh.

According to Vogue, the Pussyhat may win Fashion Design of the Year from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Right on!!  Also nominated: Kanye West and Nike.  A winner will be announced January 25th. 

In Music

The Fader says it's "harder than ever for women to break the pop charts".

From September 3, 2016, to September 16, 2017, no solo women scored a No. 1 single in the U.S. Almost coinciding with the beginnings of the Trump era, this was the longest stretch of No. 1 singles without a solo lead woman artist in decades.
— Aimee Cliff, The Fader, Why It's Harder Than Ever...

WHAT?  WHY?  The article gives a few reasons:

1.  The big timers, like Beyonce and Rihanna, haven't released anything recently.

2.  Newer artists, like SZA, despite having massive followings, haven't made a "chart topping hit."  That said, this one's pretty awesome (the vid's pretty graphic, fyi):

3.  Artists of color are expected to conform to societal norms about the type of music they can make.  Women rappers, like Kamaiyah, have a harder time convincing the public that they're legit.  Any experimentation beyond their stereotypical genre is expected to confuse the public.  

WELL!  Kamaiyah recently released "Successful" and I'm pretty sure it's perfect and the perfect outtro for this post.  

So, there's still lots of work to be done but keep fighting the good fight!

Oh, and, maybe, run for office?

 

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Cover photo:  Kamaiyah's "Before I Wake" album cover.  

 

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