November 8, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Even more than the election that made Barack Obama the first black president, the one that returned him to office sent an unmistakable signal that the hegemony of the straight white male in America is over. The long drive for broader social participation by all Americans reached a turning point in the 2012 election, which is likely to go down as a watershed in the nation's social and political evolution - and not just because in some states voters approved of same-sex marriage for the first time.
May 19, 2011 |
The script hasn't changed much for the diversity -- or lack thereof -- of writers in Hollywood. That's the log line from the 2011 Hollywood Writers Report, the latest study by the Writers Guild of America, West on the career status of film and TV writers. The study tracks employment and earnings by ethnicity, gender and age for writers between 2008 and 2009. Among the key findings: Though the share of minorities working in television -- 10% -- rebounded to 2005 levels, the earnings gap between minorities and white writers more than doubled since 2007.
November 1, 2010 |
Local minority businesses are pushing for reforms they say will get more of the Los Angeles city government's $1.1 billion in annual contracts into the hands of such firms and those owned by women and service-disabled military veterans. A report advocating the reforms "The Case for Minority Business Contracting Reform in the City of Los Angeles," was released Oct. 19 by the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce. It argued that the proposals would contribute to the city's overall economic recovery.
August 25, 2010 |
The recently enacted financial reform legislation tries in numerous ways to change how Wall Street companies and their federal regulators act, but a little-noticed provision aims for something potentially more difficult and controversial — altering how they look. To promote diversity in the largely white male world, the law requires each of the 30 federal financial agencies and departments, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and all 12 Federal Reserve banks, to establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2010 |
Minority and low-income women in Los Angeles County are more likely to have limited access to healthcare and to struggle with chronic diseases, according to a new report by the county Department of Public Health. The report, "Health Indicators for Women in Los Angeles County," was released last week by the Office of Women's Health and the Office of Health Assessment & Epidemiology. Among the findings: African American women were far more likely to suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, and to die from chronic illnesses.
August 8, 2009
Re "Shrew Versus Shrewd," July 28: While Mary McNamara bemoans the institutional sexism of a film industry that confines white women in lead roles to socially challenged "shrews," she conveniently ignores the egregious institutional racism of an industry that renders women of color virtually invisible. Not one of the actresses that she cites in her comparison of the relative diversity of TV character roles to the wasteland of mainstream film roles is an actress of color. Jim Crow sexism is alive and well at The Times and in Hollywood.