Celebrities go online to voice support for Ukraine
(AP Photo) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — A group of inter-generational stars from film, TV, sports and music — including Bruce Springsteen, Hugh Jackman, Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish — have signed up for a social media campaign to show support for Ukraine. The Global Citizen-organized social media rally Friday urges governments, institutions, corporations and individuals to help fund humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and other regions of the world. Celebrities are being asked to use their social media accounts to publicize the effort, using the hashtag #StandUpForUkraine. Springsteen went to Twitter ahead of Friday's online rally to show his support: “Refugees in Ukraine and around the world need our help now,” his message read. The campaign takes place a day before a pledging conference Saturday co-hosted by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.wftv.com
Women’s groups call for UN peacekeeping force in Afghanistan
Women’s rights supporters and faith leaders are calling for a U.N. peacekeeping force for Afghanistan to protect hard-won gains for women over the last two decades as American and NATO forces complete their pullout from the war-torn country and a Taliban offensive gains control over more territory.
US writer, feminist Gloria Steinem wins major Spanish prize
MADRID — (AP) — A Spanish foundation on Wednesday awarded one of the country’s most prestigious awards to U.S. writer and activist Gloria Steinem. The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards announced that Steinem has won its annual prize for communication and humanities. It praised 87-year-old Steinem’s long career in journalism, her bestselling books and her dedication to feminism since the 1960s, ensuring her place as “one of the most significant and iconic figures of the women’s rights movement” in the United States. The citation singled out her contribution to the legalization of abortion, pay equality and equal rights, as well as her fight against the death penalty, female genital mutilation and child abuse. The 50,000-euro award ($61,000) is one of eight prizes, including in the arts, social sciences and sports, handed out annually by a foundation named for Spanish Crown Princess Leonor.wftv.com
Travel guide with 2021 twist: Writers laud American places
The Oregon Coast is featured in a collection of mini-essays by American writers published online by the Frommer's guidebook company about places they believe helped shape and define America. The resulting collection of mini-essays, including contributions from memoirist Cheryl Strayed, novelist Jodi Picoult, humorist David Sedaris and activist Gloria Steinem, was organized by Frommer’s, the travel guidebook company. But “with the virus surging, we felt it was irresponsible for us to put together a story that pushes travel,” she said. A 17th entry comes from Frommer herself, writing in collaboration with her father, Arthur, who founded the guidebook company that bears their name. These “gifted storytellers … don’t pull their punches when discussing the mistakes the founders made, (the acceptance of slavery foremost among them) or the tumultuous nature of the debates that rang off these walls,” the Frommers wrote.
Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries
This combination photo shows poster art for political documentaries, from left, "All In: The Fight for Democracy," "Boys State," "537 Votes," "Slay the Dragon," and "The Fight." The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. In a presidential election of enormous stakes, filmmakers have rushed to finish their films before Election Day. (Amazon, from left, Apple TV Plus, HBO Max, Magnolia Pictures, Magnolia Pictures via AP)NEW YORK – The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. In a presidential election of enormous stakes, filmmakers have rushed to finish their films before Election Day, to try to inform, sway and entertain the electorate.
New this week: Mariah Carey, Gloria Steinem & 'South Park'
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— "The Glorias ": Julie Taymor's film, based on Gloria Steinem's 2015 book “My Life on the Road,” is a biopic with verve and flair. Johnson's latest, premiering Wednesday on Netflix, is a playful eulogy to her father as she slowly loses him to Alzheimer’s. — AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISION— If laughter is good medicine, then it’s “South Park” to the rescue. Meanwhile, Randy deals with his alleged role in the viral outbreak that has the town of South Park on defense.
Ginsburg’s impact on women spanned age groups, backgrounds
Younger women and girls say they were inspired by the late justice's achievements, her intellect and her fierce determination as she pursued her career. “She was my teacher in so many ways,” said Gloria Steinem, the nation’s most visible feminist leader, in an interview. Younger women and girls also say they were inspired by the justice's achievements, her intellect and her fierce determination as she pursued her career. Julie Cohen and Betsy West, who co-directed “RBG,” saw firsthand how women of all ages quickly identified with Ginsburg. But also, Cohen added: “She became a huge symbolic figure for young women and even girls in a way that we hadn’t anticipated.
Margaret Atwood honored with Dayton Literary Peace Prize
The Canadian writer and teacher has earned the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, officials of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials announced Monday. The award is named for the late U.S. diplomat who brokered the 1995 Bosnian peace accords reached in the Ohio city. Some readers of “The Handmaid's Tale” saw in the leaders of authoritarian Gilead similarities to the rise of Republican Donald Trump to president in the election of 2016. Sharon Rab, the founder and chairwoman of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, praised Atwood for popular success with writing that also educates people about pressing social justice and environmental issues. “The Testaments,” her 2019 sequel to “The Handmaid's Tale,” quickly joined her bestsellers.
Women reflect on sexist slur that often goes unpunished
FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file image from video, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks on the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Id say, maybe 25 times? estimates Ellen Gerstein, who spent years in technology publishing, a fairly male-dominated field, before becoming a pharmaceutical executive. As if to say, What youre really saying is Im tough, Im bossy, Im determined and Im damned good at what Im doing.'" It otherizes women, it dehumanizes them and tells women they dont belong in these institutions and positions, Walsh says. As I enter the workforce, I recognize there's been so much progress since my mother's generation, for which I'm grateful, Stieglitz said.
Writers warn in open letter against threat to free speech
The letter comes amid a debate over so-called cancel culture where prominent people face attack for sharing controversial opinions. The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy, the letter said. But resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma or coercionwhich right-wing demagogues are already exploiting. In a series of tweets, Rowling said she supported transgender rights but did not believe in erasing the concept of biological sex. The letter criticized the state of public debate and the swift and severe retribution dealt out to any perceived wrongs.
"Mrs. America" and the fight over the ERA
"Mrs. America" and the fight over the ERA A new TV series, "Mrs. America," dramatizes the battle fought by women for, and against, the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, from feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Bella Abzug and Shirley Chisholm, to conservative advocate Phyllis Schlafly. Correspondent Erin Moriarty talks with the all-star cast, including Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Tracy Ullman, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Banks and Margo Martindale.cbsnews.com
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem urges United States to end Korean War
Speaking outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Gloria Steinem urged the U.S. to agree to formally end the Korean War. SEOUL, South Korea - Political activist Gloria Steinem was in high school when the Korean War started. Changing politicsThere have been some signs recently that the Korean War could come to an end. In 1948, two ideologically opposite countries were established: The Republic of Korea, or South Korea, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea. While South Korea became a developed country, North Korea closed itself off, and many of its citizens continue to live in poverty.