The Women’s Issue

The Women’s Issue

The Women’s Issue

Notable Alumnae

Notable Alumnae

IMDB | Shonda Rhimes, far left, was the showrunner for “Grey’s Anatomy,” starring Ellen Pompeo. While Rhimes has had much success, challenges still exist for female showrunners.

Few in Number, Female Showrunners Advance TV

When Netflix cancelled the critically acclaimed show “One Day At A Time” on March 14, the streaming site was met with thousands of outraged comments on the tweet lamenting the decision. As evidenced by a simple scroll through the replies, their choices do not exist in a vacuum, nor does[Read More…]

Diversity in Media

Diversity in Media

THE HOYA 1968 | After the board of directors approved admitted women into the College, a May 1968 cartoon in The Hoya showed a woman popping out of a cake, surrounded by men showing faces of amusement, shock and disapproval. Women first attended the College in 1969. By 1976, half of the student body was female; now, women comprise 56 percent of the student body.

‘Women Pioneers’ Shape Hilltop for Over 50 Years

“Tradition crumbles: College admits girls,” read The Hoya’s front page in September 1968. The headline reflected the campus climate toward Georgetown’s decision to fully become a coed campus across all four schools in 1969. Fifty years later, Georgetown’s campus is now bustling with female students, faculty and staff, but the[Read More…]

Myths Surrounding the Wage Gap

Myths Surrounding the Wage Gap

MARVEL STUDIOS | Despite box office smashes like “Captain Marvel” and “Wonder Woman” that feature fictional women as protagonists such as Captain Marvel, above, countless women’s stories have been deemed unfit for film or television by an unreceptive and discriminatory Hollywood industry that is loath to center women’s experiences or cast women as leads.

Women’s Stories Limited by Industry Discrimination

When “Iron Man” hit theaters in 2008, it opened up the floodgates for the development of the Marvel cinematic universe. Since then, a steady stream of semi-annual, male-dominated superhero films granted the MCU its popularity and cultural relevance. But it was not until 20 films and 11 years later that[Read More…]

GU DEPARTMENT OF PERFORMING ARTS | Women must confront difficulties in the music industry that their male counterparts do not experience. Though women have continued fighting to gain their rightful place in male-dominated genres, a long road to gender equality remains. Still, women face preconceived notions and stereotypes while vying for time on the radio waves.

Hear Them Sing: Women in the Music Industry

Caught in the storm of a persistent lack of representation and the recent reckoning of certain high-profile abusers, women have historically occupied a shaky space in music. Though women’s status in the collective consciousness of music has significantly improved, the experiences of women in the music industry remain distinct. Though[Read More…]

NETFLIX | The comedy industry has long been a boys’ club with little acceptance of female comedians. Now, trailblazers like Amy Schumer, left, shatter stereotypes and forge their own spaces in the world of comedy, despite barriers to entry.

Women Break Barriers, Leave Mark on Comedy

Today, women are performing stand-up sets in front of stadiums full of people, featuring as cast members on “Saturday Night Live” and hosting their own late-night talk shows. Just a decade ago, however, all of this success seemed nearly impossible. In rare opportunities, comedic actresses have been leading in film[Read More…]