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9/29/2016

Donald Trump knowingly violated the Cuban trade embargo, doing business on the island and seeking to conceal his activities by channeling payments through a third party, while vowing to Cuban-Americans that he would never spend money in Castro-controlled Cuba, according to a Newsweek report. The news could shake Trump's standing among Florida's Cuban-Americans, hitherto a crucial bastion of Hispanic support for the GOP candidate.

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9/29/2016

We packed the house at Google New York for our 4th Global Symposium on Gender in Media with more than 200 leading executives in the entertainment industry, corporations and NGOs interested in the empowerment of women and girls. The Institute unveiled its groundbreaking new media measurement tool: the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (GD-IQ). Developed with Google.org and the University of Southern California over the course of two years, this new automated media measurement tool uses audio-visual processing technologies in order to analyze massive amounts of media content. For more information on our New York Symposium visit our website.

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seejane.org
9/29/2016

Women are underrepresented in leadership roles and are less likely to be promoted than their male peers, according to a report from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey. Part of the problem is that women continue to deal with negative perceptions when they negotiate and ask for opportunities, writes Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

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9/29/2016

Both Hollywood and the advertising industry have the ability to change the way women are perceived by casting women who reflect the diversity of the population, says Madeline Di Nonno, CEO of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Di Nonno is promoting the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (GD-IQ), the new tech tool designed to identify gender bias on screen. "Whether the output is advertising, a feature film, a book or TV show, there's a permanent evaluation that is done in terms of making sure that the characters that embody these fictional worlds are diverse and gender balanced," Di Nonno said. "But it has to be permanent and systemic."

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Adweek, Ogilvy
9/29/2016

Emily Blunt, star of Paula Hawkins' "The Girl on the Train," says her alcoholic character goes against the stereotyped version of women on screen, pointing out the double standard that persists between male and female characters in Hollywood. "With so many movies, women are held to what a man considers a feminine ideal," Blunt said. "You have to be pretty. You have to be 'likable,' which is my least favorite bloody word in the industry. Rachel isn't 'likable.'"

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9/29/2016

Emma Watson is narrating a new short film about the obstacles women have faced throughout history. "Hurdles" was produced by the social action platform Global Citizen and spotlights the highs and lows women still face in modern society.

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9/29/2016

Creator of the classic soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," Agnes Nixon, has died at the age of 88. "[S]he really made people look at stigma and people's own feelings about a lot of important issues in her time and in our time," Nixon's daughter, Mary said.

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TheWrap.com
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9/29/2016

Fox News Vice President Dana Blanton sent a memo to staff reminding them that "snap polls" cited by Donald Trump as evidence that he won the first presidential debate are "really just for fun" and don't provide evidence of public opinion. More scientific post-debate polling suggests that a wide majority of viewers felt Hillary Clinton won the debate.

9/29/2016

Academy award-winning actor Geena Davis says the Institute's new Inclusion Quotient tool will help uncover bias and inequality across all media by assessing screen time, speaking time and box office statistics. Davis recently spoke about the new software along with Shri Narayanan, technical research lead from University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, and Google's Julie Ann Crommett. "I think there are actually some shows and some pieces of content that are doing a great job and we'll be able to highlight them through this content," Crommett said.

9/28/2016

Amazon invited nearly 70 nonprofits to interact with employees during its first-ever Nonprofit Expo in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum and Pacific Northwest Ballet, PATH, the YMCA and the Seattle Foundation were among the organizations in attendance.

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GeekWire