The Women of ‘Star Wars.’ (It’s Not Who You Think.)

Jyn Erso is not a princess or a Jedi. She is, however, the second female character with a lead role in a “Star Wars” movie in the last two years. It’s a statistic that would have been unthinkable 40 years ago, when Princess Leia reigned alone in a galaxy of men and her dialogue was less than half that of the golden droid C-3PO in “A New Hope.” But even with the advent of back-to-back female protagonists, the women onscreen are only now catching up with those working behind the scenes at Industrial Light & Magic, the special-effects studio founded by George Lucas. Continue reading The Women of ‘Star Wars.’ (It’s Not Who You Think.)

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Top Techniques for Hiring Diverse Talent

Create a workforce that reflects the real world

Diversity is a hot topic, with many firms under pressure to look at the composition of their workforce and increase diversity within their company. The challenge is not an easy one; it is a long-term strategy that needs to be woven into the company culture by getting buy-in from senior leadership. In addition, the talent attraction process needs careful thought, planning and strategy dependent on your goals. Thankfully, there are several techniques you can try to help you improve your sourcing game and hone in on the diverse candidates you’re looking for. Continue reading Top Techniques for Hiring Diverse Talent

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‘Hidden Figures’ Proves Again That Films About Women Are Not And Never Were Box Office Poison

There are a million reasons to celebrate the breakout success of Fox 2000’s Hidden Figures. The crowd-pleasing dramedy, about the under-heralded female African-American NASA mathematicians who helped put Americans into space, has earned $60 million in just 10 days of wide release and has topped the weekend box office charts two weeks in a row. It received strong reviews, excellent word of mouth and Oscar buzz. The only question is how far it will go. Continue reading ‘Hidden Figures’ Proves Again That Films About Women Are Not And Never Were Box Office Poison

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