Tag Archives: women

Meet the Filmmaker: Lisa Russell Documents Girl Power

I met with the Lisa Russell, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, in the quaint neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn to talk about the victimization of people in filmmaking and how she learned to flip the script with her new film “¡PODER!” The new short narrative is based on the real life story of two indigenous girls in […]

The Pitch: 1001 Breast Cancer Nights

This post is part of “The Pitch” series, which follows up with socially conscious creatives who submitted to the inaugural Benevolent Media Pitch Night competition in November 2012. At the event, held in Washington, D.C., 13 different projects and organizations presented 3-minute proposals on how to use storytelling and design for social good, for a chance to win funding […]

Meet the Artist: Heidi Phelps on Wayward Women

  Self-proclaimed “femme-forward” artist Heidi Phelps is getting ready for her first solo show. Her female-focused fine art screen prints will be on display at Tryst, a popular D.C. coffeehouse, throughout the month of April, with an opening night party and special performance by musician Wytold on Thursday, April 4. She said she hopes the exhibit inspires audiences “to consider how […]

Meet the Musician: Kiran Gandhi on Marching to the Beat of Her Own Drum

Take your hand and place it on your chest. Can you feel the beating of your heart? In many cultures around the world, drumming represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. This month, in honor of  National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, I want to focus on drumming, a practice that is female, in its essence, and […]

International Women’s Day: Gaining Momentum

Happy International Women’s Day! The global movement was created to inspire women and celebrate their achievements worldwide. The commemorative occasion originally started in the United States as a way for female laborers to demand shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. Now, people all over the world are organizing thousands of events, including political rallies, business […]

Telling the Story of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Her name is Jyoti Singh Pandey. The 23-year-old female medical student was brutally raped by six men on a private bus on her way back from watching a movie in New Delhi on December 16. She died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. The crime has sent India and the world […]

Mobile Technology Empowers Women, Enables Wealth

This article is part of our coverage of the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore. It originally appeared on Triple Pundit. “Across the board, nobody wants to do accounting,”  said Shivani Siroya, founder and CEO of inVenture, a global credit scoring company. ”It’s difficult or  they’re lazy or they don’t see the purpose.” Her company, currently working in India, is trying […]

Call for Submissions: The Geometry Box Project for Malala Yousafzai

Heidi Phelps, the founder of Wayward Broad Studio, created a participatory art project to make a collective statement about how women have the right to education and free expression. The project was created in response to the shooting of a young Pakistani girl, who is now in critical condition for “promoting secularism.” Phelps is now […]

International Women’s Day: Making Herstory!

  In honor of International Women’s Day, we bring you a round-up of conversations, projects, profiles and news of women and girls who are shaking up the world of benevolent media. Good timing: Apply by midnight tonight for the chance to win $20,000 to fund your news startup, thanks to the Women Entrepreneurs in the […]

Games for Girls: Social or Sexist?

  Of all demographics, women over age 30 consistently show more interest in mobile gaming than any others. Of course, there are some companies that specifically target younger users. Crowdstar, the fourth largest social gaming company in the world, focuses on the “younger female demographic,” according to its CEO Peter Relan. One of its latest […]

Finding the Female Voice in Media

  Highlights from the 2011 Benevolent Media Festival: On Sunday, November 6, Benevolent Media and  BloomBars hosted a screening of Miss Representation, a documentary film that explores media’s limited portrayal of women and girls. One audience member, fashion writer Claire Sevigny, reacts to the film. Women make up 51 percent of the population in the United […]

“Miss Representation” Flips the Script to Empower Women

The trailer for this new documentary film has been making the rounds online, especially among my strong, empowered, independent female friends. Gentlemen: Help us spread the word, too! “Miss Representation exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality,” the official website explains. “It’s […]

Women in the World: Stories and Solutions

  This Thursday, March 10, The Daily Beast and Newsweek will blast off their second annual Women in the World: Stories and Solutions summit, where extraordinary leaders from every field will come together. Brave dissidents speaking out against tyranny and cruelty. Dedicated journalists trying to tell the truth in countries where it is a deadly […]