A short essay I wrote for the WyzAnt scholarship. Give it a read and a vote - I really need the scholarship.
for every one female-speaking character in family-rated films (G, PG and PG-13), there are roughly three male characters; that crowd and group scenes in these films — live-action and animated — contain only 17 percent female characters; and that the ratio of male-female characters has been exactly the same since 1946.
she was devoted at all times to magic, astrolabes and instruments of music, and she beguiled many people through her Satanic wiles
each individual advert is part of an all-pervading fog of cliché and prejudice, which is very hard to escape
Things I’ve Learned From Working In Advertising, In No Particular Order, Which I Will Be Taking With Me As I Make An Incredibly Unrealistic And Insane Career Move
It is possible to brainwash yourself
Go too far
Almost all advice is almost always wrong
Nothing is certain
Everything takes longer than everyone thinks it will
If you can’t be fearless you have nothing
If you can’t give it everything it’ll never be good enough. Even then it’ll never be good enough but at least you’ll know
Compromise is inevitable. That’s why you always go too far first
Work really really hard
Don’t take yourself too seriously
"Because that’s what they’re doing" is the worst possible reason
Know all the parts
Some parts are only knowable with time
Delete until it stops making sense
Specifics make it alive
Understanding things is my favorite part, and my best motivator
It may not be that way for everyone
The most valuable thing you have to offer is the ability to make other people feel understood
But how do we encourage more women to be content creators? It starts by supporting fellow creators, recognize we’re all going to undergo a learning curve in the beginning, and to not let it end there because of unnecessary pressure or negativity.
In the end, we stay committed to a mission of making quality educational content in order to provide for more women role models to fill these spaces.
And ladies: it gets better.
Segmenting any market into just “boys” and “girls” is laughably simplistic.