Even Geena Davis, who has worked hard to identify the gender gap in films and address it through her Institute on Gender in Media, was shocked to learn about the gap in screen time between men and women actors in Oscar-nominated films, revealed in a New York Times article this past weekend. I'm not sure I was shocked, but for YaleWomen, the statistics reinforce our passion for our 50/50 project, the goal of which is to achieve gender parity at all levels of government, media, academia and the business world.
We invite our members to get involved - join on our website and indicate an interest in 50/50, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yale AIDS Memorial Project (YAMP) is an alumni-led initiative to honor and document the lives of hundreds of men and women from the University who perished during the AIDS epidemic. YAMP will pay homage to the deceased—students, faculty, and staff—by building a memorial website with their biographies, photos, and reminiscences from friends and family. By telling the story of AIDS through the lens of a single institution, YAMP will make the epidemic palpable for a younger generation and help stimulate an AIDS memory boom.
Since publishing its first Journal of 8 profiles (click here for excerpts), YAMP has engaged the support of the Michael Palm Foundation and recruited design studio Linked By Air to develop and design the memorial website as an interactive platform.
YaleWomen is co-sponsoring the Website Launch and Fundraiser for YAMP on Wednesday, November 20th, 6:30pm at Christie's (20 Rockefeller Plaza, NY). Get your tickets at https://yamplaunchnyc.eventbrite.com/Read more
Neela Banerjee shares impressions from YaleWomen's inaugural global event in the latest issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine:
Whether Sotomayor’s talk set the tone or reflected the mood of the participants, the inaugural get-together of YaleWomen was marked by a disarming frankness. From freshly minted graduates to those who attended Yale’s professional schools in the 1950s, alumnae seemed happy to connect with generations of women like them. They celebrated the achievements of speakers and listened rapt to their advice.
At the same time, speakers and participants voiced frustration with longstanding policies that fail to take account of differences in the health needs of men and women; with the paucity of women in tech and politics; and with the enduring difficulty of balancing work and family. Most startling, and perhaps something that would not have surfaced if men were present, speakers and guests openly discussed their struggles and fears, which, rather than dampening spirits, seemed to heighten the intimacy being built that day among Yale women.
Read the rest of the article here and let us know what you thought!