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Your Friday Feminists: J K Rowling, Maggie G & Queen Ravenna

The Evil Queen leads the fight for equal pay

Maggie Gyllenhaal celebrates actual women in entertainment and a leading Bollywood actress talks about depression

In a week in which a Goa minister talked about giving training and medicines to make LGBT youth “normal”, a  factory worker was allegedly gang raped and murdered in Delhi and Tamil writer Perumal Murugan decided to stop writing after being hounded by Hindutvas, there was little to bring cheer to the world of feminists. Here are the few good women & men who make it to this week’s Friday Feminists

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Charlize Theron negotiated for equal pay for her upcoming film The Huntsman, after she learnt that she was being paid $10 million less than her male co-star Chris Hemsworth. Given the massive gender wage gap that persists across the world, we hope this inspires more women to demand a heftier pay hike this year!

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When media baron Rupert Murdoch held all Muslims “responsible” for “growing jihadist cancer” on Twitter, J.K. Rowling came up with a flawless response that inspired other Twitterati to call out Murdoch’s hypocrisy.

Murdoch tweeted that:

To which Rowling had a curt response:

But Rowling didn’t stop here. She drew attention to fundamentalist violence by Christians, as well as how Muslims are the biggest victims of Islamic violence.

 

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Possibly the best shot in the arm for feminism this week came at the 2015 Golden Globes. A lot has been written about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s smart hosting (we love them!), but our favourite moment was Maggie Gyllenhaal’s celebration of actual women during her acceptance speech for The Honourable Woman (We also love that Maggie’s date for the night was brother Jake “Nighcrawler” Gyllenhaal).

 I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.

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Meanwhile, Fey gave us the best introduction for a Lifetime Achievement Award in recent memory:

George Clooney married Amal Almuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case; was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria; and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight … her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.

While Poehler reminded us about the age ceiling in showbiz while lauding Patricia Arquette in Boyhood:

She’s proved that there are still great roles for women over 40 as long as you get hired when you’re under 40.

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Finally, closer home, actress Deepika Padukone drew attention to the tricky subject of mental health in India by talking about her own struggles with depression. In doing so, the star bravely defied the entertainment industry’s obsession with the façade of perfection, particularly for its leading women. You go, girl!

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