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Women earn the majority of college and post-graduate degrees. They start off in their industries ready to succeed. But at the highest levels, we see a sharp decline in gender parity. Where are the women going?

The new historical film "Belle" is a window into little-known history. It tells the real life story of a mixed-race woman in 18th Century London, and was inspired by a beautiful painting that caused the director Amma Asante to want to learn more.

Starting March 21, our friends at WAM! (Women, Action, & the Media) are selling discounted tickets to see "ANITA." If you don’t have plans this weekend, you will want to attend this. If you do have plans, be really jealous you’re not going to be able to make this revolutionary event.

Hollywood is getting another bad grade. Despite the fact that movies with more than one women in them have done very well at the box office this year, the industry is still not doling out a lot of parts to actresses. A new study has done the count - and we've done a graphic.

Women-helmed films make up 29 percent of the 119 feature films accepted to this year's Sundance Film Festival. But it's not all roses. During a panel, women filmmakers kept it real and called out Hollywood for its blatant sexism. Here's a quick list of films either directed by or starring women and girls in lead roles.

As if you needed more reasons to love her, Laverne Cox is producing a documentary about CeCe McDonald. This star of "Orange is the New Black" has taken on this story of injustice to a trans woman of color; McDonald is in prison after defending herself in an attack.
When you cozy up on your couch to watch the 85th annual Academy Awards Ceremony this Sunday, you may notice something strange: a (relative) absence of women. Sure, there will be plenty of red-carpet footage of starlets in gowns and who-wore-what chatter, but this year's list of nominees once again reminds us of the marked gender disparities in the film industry.
This year, the French-language film Amour managed to break out of the Best Foreign Film category and enter the mainstream Oscar competition with nominations for Best Screenplay, Directing, Lead Actress, and of course, Best Picture. (Incidentally, it seems unfair for a picture to be up for Best Picture AND Best Foreign Film, but that's the Oscars for you.) The movie has already won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and seems to be a shoo-in for the same category at the Oscars.
"A crowd waited in line for an hour at Comic-Con International to attend 'Girls Gone Genre,' a panel celebrating female creators and empowered characters," reports Alan Kistler for Spinoff Online. "Panelists included writers and producers Marti Noxon (Fright Night, Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time), Karyn Kasuma (Jennifer’s Body), Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) and Angela Robinson (True Blood) and actress Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood)."
Female role models in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields can sometimes be hard to come by for women and girls. But there are some, and the AAUW blog has listed its favorites: NCIS' Abby Sciuto, Bones' Temperance "Bones: Brennan, Mythbusters' Kari Byron, Harry Potter's Hermione Granger, Avatar's Grace Augustine, and Contact's Ellie Arroway. Runners-up include Sandy Cheeks from SpongeBob Squarepants and Ellie Sattler from Jurrasic Park.
This year women filmmakers made great use of Kickstarter, referred to by the Times as the "people's NEA," writes Kathleen Sweeney at the Women's Media Center. Perhaps the year's biggest Kickstarter success story was "Pariah," Dee Rees' award-winning film, which was picked up by Focus Features. "Like many of the best Kickstarter videos, Rees chose direct audience address by appearing onscreen with her producer in the pitch," writes Sweeney. "This personalized approach allows potential donors to connect with the back story, to witness the filmmaker-against-the-odds passion."

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