i think i feel a change of tide

IMG_7494Margaret Booth is this week’s influential woman. She was a film editor in Hollywood, back when the workers had to actually cut the film and splice it to make different scenes with different shots of the camera. Margaret was a lady of three centuries, having been born in 1898 and died in 2002. The 104 year-old lady saw many changes in the film industry in her lifetime. She started as a “patcher” for D.W. Griffith’s films in 1915, and later for Louis B. Mayer. When Mayer merged with other producers to create Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in ’24, Margaret got promoted to director’s assistant. Booth was consistent with her editing, truly talented, having edited many diverse films.

IMG_7503The Hollywood editor received awards for her talent such as the Academy Honorary Award, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Oscars. She also holds the place for being the second-oldest person to win and Oscar. Booth was also given the Women in Film Crystal Award. This is an important recognition because it was given to Margaret because of her endurance and excellence in her work, and her help in expanding the role of women in the entertainment industry. Back in the first half of the 20th century, it was uncommon for women to be involved in the inner-workings of the film industry. Margaret refused to acknowledge the bias against women in her work force, and inspired many young ladies to go do the same.

IMG_7505Margaret Booth inspires me because film editing might be something I want to do later in life, and the fact that I get to learn about how she basically made it common for women to be involved in film editing is truly amazing. Now, it’s pretty even between men and women in film, and I’m glad she lived as long as she did to see the outcome. Girls shouldn’t be afraid to try something new, and see where it takes you. I’m sure Margaret didn’t know what competitive force she was getting into when she took her first editing job, but she took it in stride. Confident women are the backbone of society and are necessary to be the role models for young girls who aspire to do great things.

Title from “Someday” by The Growlers.

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but you never shake me

IMG_7470Nicola Adams is this week’s influential woman because of her perseverance, pride, and strength (literally.) Adams is a British boxer who was the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. She won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, and is also reigning at the Commonwealth Games and the European Games. As of 2012, Nicola is rated number two in the Flyweight division, just behind world champion Ren Cancan. Adams has been winning bouts since she was 13, being the first woman boxer in 2001. Staying strong, she became an English amateur champion for the first time. Adams hasaccomplished a lot of “firsts” in the world of boxing. Her titles go on even more, like her being the first English female to win a medal in a major tournament, or the first female boxer to receive an award from the Boxing Writers’ Club of Great Britain. Aside from gaining wins on the boxing front, Nicola accomplished in getting her Doctor of Laws degree at the University of Leeds in England. She’s not just a buff girl, she has brains too, and that’s what so inspiring about her.

IMG_7464Nicola Adams is openly bisexual, uncommon in the world of hardcore sports. She was named the most influential LGBT person in Britain by the Independent in 2012. This made her the first queer person to win an Olympic boxing gold medal. I think this shows young girls that no matter how society shapes you, you shouldn’t be afraid of being yourself and also excelling in what you love. She’s an inspiration because she stayed in school as well as boxing. Queer and woman representation in the world of boxing is important because since its such an male-run sport, it’s good to have females who are confident in who they are doing what they love, destroying prejudices and gender roles. People try to erase the representation of LGBTQIA+ people in media and the news, but Nicola is making sure that doesn’t happen.

IMG_7490It’s necessary to remember the women in the world that work as hard as they can, while being overlooked constantly for men. Women like Nicola destroy the concept of gender roles, and condemn society for the unfair expectations that are placed upon them.

Title from “Stuck on You” by Elvis Presley.

oh, will you take me as I am?

IMG_7442 This week’s influential woman is friends with the girl in my previous post, Rowan Blanchard. Amandla Stenberg is a 17 year-old actress who has represented feminism and black culture in beautiful ways. She’s most known for her acting of the young Catelaya in the film “Columbiana,” and as Rue in “The Hunger Games.” As well as being a successful actress, Amandla is a model. She has co-written for the book “Niobe: She is Life” with Sebastian Jones. The actress runs a Tumblr blog, where she reposts beautiful pictures of men and women of color, and posts about feminism and protecting black peoples’ rights. For a young woman, Amandla is extremely composed, as shown by her video “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows.” In this iconic video, Amandla calmly explains the origin of cornrows, and how they help keep a black persons’ hair out of their face, because it is usually pretty wild. She explains that black stars would incorporate this hairstyle in their videos and to fashion events, as well as locs, braids, twists, etc. These hairstyles are also just a part of black culture.

IMG_7450Soon, in the early 2010’s, famous people who were white adopted these hairstyles as their own, and dubbed them as “fashion statements.” Even girls on the runway were seen wearing their hair in cornrows. Around the time of Iggy Azalea’s song “Fancy” and Macklemore’s song “Thrift Shop” were famous in the hip-hop world, police brutality was growing rampant. Deaths of boys like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and many more, caused many black stars to speak up on those topics. The stars who were white often were silent on this, even though they had previously taken black culture in their own hands. They were essentially only into the hairstyles and grills for the aesthetic, but when real issues sprung up, crickets chirped.

IMG_7457Amandla isn’t angry during this five-minute long video, she’s not aggressive. She just simply states the facts about cultural appropriation in the media and in stars, as well as common society. It’s an example of extreme maturity, an extent to which some adults cannot achieve. On her blog, Amandla constantly advocates for womens’ rights and misogyny in the workplace as well as in schools and Hollywood. Amandla recently came out as bisexual, having taken over the Teen Vogue snapchat and posting several videos explaining that Willow Smith gave her confidence to be who she really was. She surrounds herself with good, honest people and I look up to her immensely. Amandla Stenberg is a brave, young, woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone who’s unopposed to criticizing her, which should be common in all females. Be confident.

Title from “California” by Joni Mitchell.