THE WEEK IN WOMEN: MALALA Inspires, More Opposition to Hollywood Bias, Femme Films @ Box Office and more – Brandy McDonnell comments

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malala posterWhile the new documentary He Named Me Malala inspires at the movies, the U.S. government is finally investigating bias complaints about Hollywood’s behind the scenes and on screen sexist bias, and high box office grosses for femme-centric films prove there’s a viable market and substantial audience base for films with lead female characters dealing with women’s issues and life’s situations from a female perspective. Plus goodbye and RIP to our beloved Chantal Ackerman, hello and congrats to MoMA’s La Frances Hui and Meryl Streep pans Rotten Tomatoes’ disparity re women film critics. Read more in 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, 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