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Congresswoman Gabby Giffords officially resigned today. Her friend, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, paid tribute to her, and read a letter on her behalf.

Today is the first ever Gay Straight Alliance Day!

An Arkansas newspaper has refused to publish the announcement of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony in their weddings section.

Watch as Viola Davis explains just how hard it is to find parts as a forty-six year-old black woman in Hollywood – to a few people who get it and one who really doesn’t.

Women directed only 5% of 2011’s highest-grossing movies.

Watch the Media Education Foundation’s Sut Jhally’s MLK Day address, “Why American can’t think straight about race (even with a black president).”

A new Australian program aims to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/mollymc/ Molly

    I worked at a paper in Kentucky where the wedding announcement issue came up. The staff decided to publish announcements for weddings held where the marriages were legal, i.e. if a Kentucky couple got married in Massachusetts, we would run the notice. If a Kentucky couple got married in their home state, where it wasn’t legal, we wouldn’t. It sucks, but I think that’s pretty standard for the industry. The paper I work at now has a more general “celebrations” page where you can announce about anything. It would be nice if more papers went that route to be inclusive instead of relying on strict legality.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ihopeiwin247/ ihopeiwin247

    So, there aren’t as many female directors as male directors?

    And/or women are worse directors?