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DoodleUs Update: fewer “dude-les,” but still lacking people of color

Google's Doodle celebrating tennis legend Althea Gibson's 87th birthday

by Celeste Montaño Earlier this year, SPARK launched DoodleUs, a campaign asking Google to improve the representation of women and people of color in their Doodles. In case you missed it, Google Doodles are those fun animations that replace the Google logo on the company’s front page, often in celebration of historical individuals. And since [...]

Beyond Pepper Potts: the grim state of women and girls on screen

brutal tbh

by Anya Josephs Thanks to SPARK’s generous friends at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media, I was able to join SPARK Executive Director Dana Edell and Program Coordinator Melissa Campbell at the 2nd Global Symposium on Gender in the Media. This afternoon-long conversation featured speeches by Geena Davis and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive-Director [...]

Black Women Create: Amandla Stenberg gets out from behind the Yellow Wallpaper

Amandla Stenberg

by Montgomery Jones and Joneka Percentie In 2012, I won a TV competition to interview the cast of The Hunger Games at the world premiere in Los Angeles,  and that’s when I met Amandla Stenberg.  She was a 13 year old that looked younger than she was and I was an 18 year old that [...]

It’s been 11 years and I’m still not a “period pro”

via megan rosalarian gedris

by Dee Putri Recently there was a blood stain on my pants after I couldn’t change my tampon for 10 hours because I was away. I noticed it at home, which is kind of okay, because it would totally have freaked me out if I’d noticed while I’d been in public–I would have had to [...]

Research Blog: How does being objectified in romantic relationships make girls feel?

My eyes are up here, broski

by Kimberly Belmonte In New York City, life lessons happen on the subways.  Monday morning, out of the corner of my eye, I see this guy across the aisle staring at me. And I begin having these rapid-fire flustered thoughts about my hair and my outfit, “Is my hair one giant curly poof in this [...]

SPARK Artists: The Guerrilla Girls and activism as art

Guerelli Girls' most famous piece

by Brenda Guesnet Some of you might be familiar with the image above: it’s arguably the most famous poster artwork of the anonymous feminist group “Guerilla Girls.” The Guerilla Girls have been active since the 1980s, and became famous for their billboards and posters calling out sexism and racism within the art world. The poster [...]