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Viola Davis Reminds Us Why Representation Matters

Thanks to you, we changed the conversation around the 67th Emmy Awards! Viewers from around the world spoke out against sexism on the red carpet and beyond with the hashtag #AskHerMore. Joined by #SmartGirlsAsk, leaders like Katie Couric, Shonda Rhimes, and Hillary Clinton tweeted powerful questions, moving the discussion away from women’s appearance and towards our accomplishments. Learn more about how you made a difference this Emmys and share the good news with your network.

And that’s not all there was to celebrate. Viola Davis was the first black woman to win the Emmy for best lead actress on a drama series! In her beautiful acceptance speech, she reminded us all that we must continue to push back on a Hollywood that disproportionately disenfranchises women of color:

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That’s why this week, we’re encouraging you to follow Viola’s lead and start a conversation about expanding opportunities for women of color in media. Start by sharing the above image and this infographic.┬áTogether we can challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes in the media and beyond.

Onwards,

Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project team

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