Women In Combat, in the Movies and Hollywood — Brandy McDonnell reports

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Filmmaker Rebecca Murga
Filmmaker Rebecca Murga
Army Reserve Capt. Rebecca Murga is a filmmaker on a mission to tell the story of women in the U.S. military’s combat ranks. And Hollywood may be preparing to go into its own battle with the ACLU’s recent petition urg­ing Tinseltown to demand a government investigation into why female directors are underrepresented in film and television, while the Swedish film industry strikes an accord with gender equality. And Andrea Arnold brings American Honey to Oklahoma.Read more in this week’s The Week In Women

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.