Posts Relating to: Gender Equality

Women in Film Stand Up for Gender Equality at Cannes

May 25, 2018  |  Film Festivals

Women in Hollywood are mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore, to paraphrase the classic film, Network. They’ve already taken a fierce stand against sexual assault, harassment and gender inequality as part of the #MeToo movement, which includes Hollywood’s Time’s Up campaign. In May, women brought their message to Cannes, France,…

Ali Wong’s New Netflix Special Sheds Light on Need for Paid Maternity Leave

May 18, 2018

If you don’t like raunchy, subversive humor, Ali Wong’s new comedy special on Netflix, “Hard Knock Wife,” is not for you. And if you’re a mom who embraced the glow of pregnancy, passed up the epidural and found breastfeeding to be a higher calling, this is also not for you. But if you’re a mom…

Hollywood Awards Season Shares the Spotlight with Social Justice

January 10, 2018  |  Activism

At AndACTION, we help nonprofits think strategically about how cultural moments spurred by film and television can strengthen advocacy-based communications. Hollywood’s TIME’S UP campaign, a follow-up to the #MeToo movement, changed the color and the conversation on the Golden Globes red carpet. Standing in solidarity with women, attendees donned all-black ensembles to declare the clock…

Netflix Gives New Life to TV Shows (And Why Nonprofits Should Care…)

October 26, 2017  |  Monthly Media Roundup

The West Wing, an NBC political drama that ended in 2006, remains a Netflix staple with a serious fanbase. The West Wing Weekly, a podcast started by the show’s lead Joshua Malina, analyzes each episode, often adding political commentary or inviting guests (in this week’s episode, former Secretary of Education John King) to draw parallels…

Don’t Be “Insecure” About Using Pop Culture to Promote Your Cause

September 20, 2017

The mere existence of the show – not to mention its widespread popularity – is groundbreaking. “Insecure” features a black woman (played by Issa Rae) as the main character and creator of a premium cable series, among an all-black cast. The show presents social issues, overlooked by most television series, from the perspective of black…

Emmys 2017: Delivering issue narratives right into your audience’s living rooms

September 19, 2017  |  Activism

In a surprise cameo, Chance the Rapper challenged audiences: “I love television, it’s a pleasant distraction/But just imagine taking action…” At AndACTION, this is exactly what we aim to achieve: to challenge activists and organizers to use Emmy-winning stories to reach new audiences and advance their campaign goals. As each winner took to the stage…

A Red and White Resistance

July 20, 2017

Protestors around the world have adopted a new uniform as a symbol of defiance – red robes and white bonnets based on “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, now a series on Hulu. The show’s premiere is the most-watched debut of any show on the streaming service. The shows haunting, dystopian future seems to…

Defy Ageism in the Workplace with “Younger”

June 29, 2017

You’re a 40-year-old woman whose marriage just ended and you need to get back into the workforce after raising your daughter, but that’s easier said than done. Especially if you want a job in the publishing industry, which idolizes the young. So what do you do? You lie about your age, of course. At least…

May TV’s Sweeping Potential to Put Your Issue in the Spotlight

May 3, 2017  |  Television

In a TV galaxy not so long ago and far away, “May sweeps” meant one thing: Every TV show worth watching was wrapping up for the season and networks pulled out all the stops to boost ratings and ad dollars. That’s still true, to a point, but today’s multi-platform media landscape has made this time…

Get Our Webinar On-the-Go

February 8, 2017

AndACTION’s Intro to Using Pop Culture for Social Change webinar explains why pop culture is such an important strategic communications tool and how we can help nonprofits use film and TV to advance their work. Please watch the video, then get in touch with us at to get started!