14 #Aboriginal #Women #Writers to Read this Summer | Room Magazine #diversity #books #reading

I was both honoured and delighted when Room asked me to compile a list of Aboriginal women authors as part of the 2015 celebration of National Aboriginal Day. While this list is by no means a comprehensive list of all the great Aboriginal women writers in Canada, it includes 14 writers whose work I have either come to know and respect or that are on my “to read” list. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to know many of these writers on a personal level.

We are a relatively small but growing community. I have found gatherings such as the National Indigenous Writers Conference and the Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival to be important as they have offered opportunities to meet and learn from Aboriginal women writers. The authors listed here are all accomplished women that have had, or will have, a major impact on Canadian literature in general and Aboriginal literature in particular. READ MORE: 14 Aboriginal Women Writers to Read this Summer | Room Magazine.

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16 #LGBT #Books That Will Actually Change Your Life | BuzzFeed #LGBTQ

As recommended by followers of the BuzzFeed Community. I also recommend reading the comments for why these books were recommended by users – heart-rending.

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These books showed you that it was more than OK to be gay. READ MORE: 16 LGBT Books That Will Actually Change Your Life | BuzzFeed

This Girl Taught Her Local Library A Lesson After They Blocked Her From A Robotics Class | BuzzFeed News #STEM #genderequality

Cash Cayen spends a lot of time at the local library in Timmins, Ontario. She was excited when she saw it was going to offer a session about robotics, and went to sign up. But the library said she wasn’t allowed — it’s for boys only. READ MORE: This Girl Taught Her Local Library A Lesson After They Blocked Her From A Robotics Class | BuzzFeed News

For These Girls, #Tech is a Rewarding Challenge | CNET #STEM #genderdiversity #genderequality

An international tech competition targets Silicon Valley’s diversity problem, aiming to inspire girls around the world into taking up — and sticking with — technology. READ MORE: For these girls, tech is a rewarding challenge | CNET.

Battling Bias on the Shop Floor: How #Bookstores Can Support #Diversity | The Guardian #booksellers #genderequality

A bookseller explains how Kamila Shamsie’s call for gender equality in the industry, and the fiery debate it provoked, could lead to greater diversity all around. READ MORE: Battling bias on the shop floor: how bookstores can support diversity | Books | The Guardian

Related: For One Year, This Publisher Will Only Release #Books By #Women | HuffPost #publishing #genderequality

North Carolina’s Omar Currie Resigns After Reading Students A Gay Fable | HuffPost #diversity #bannedbooks #books

Wrong on so many levels. North Carolina (and South Carolina if you are aware of today’s news) seem to be having troubles with kindness lately…(my opinion and not passing judgement on every citizen of these states in the USA). 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After a third-grader tearfully recounted how another boy had called him “gay” during gym class, teacher Omar Currie chose to raise the issue during story time by reading his students a fable about a prince who falls in love with another prince, ending with a happily-ever-after royal wedding.

That decision in April ignited a public outcry from some parents in the rural hamlet of Efland, North Carolina, resulting in Currie’s resignation this week from a job he loved. The assistant principal who loaned Currie her copy of “King & King” has also resigned, and outraged parents are pressuring administrators at the Orange County Schools to ban the book. READ MORE: North Carolina’s Omar Currie Resigns After Reading Students A Gay Fable | Huffington Post

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Why Apple’s #Health Tool for #Women Is a Big Deal for #Diversity in #Tech [Opinion] | Gizmodo

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Snip: It was only about two seconds of the keynote, but just seeing the word “menstruation” scroll behind Federighi represented a real turning point in Apple’s diversity efforts. The only thing that would have made this moment better would have been if Apple had allowed a woman who worked on it to introduce the new feature.

These Female #Writers Want To Stop “Chick Lit” Being Used To Describe Work By #Women | BuzzFeed #books #diversity #genderequality

Bestselling novelist Marian Keyes recently called the term “chick lit” derogatory, and now other female writers are expressing how much they dislike the term. READ MORE: These Female Writers Want To Stop “Chick Lit” Being Used To Describe Work By Women | BuzzFeed

An Ambitious List of 1400 Films Made by Female Filmmakers | Open Culture

It’s a truism to say that Hollywood is a boy’s club but Dr. Stacy L. Smith of the University of Southern California put this saying into stark, empirical terms: a mere 4.4% of the top 100 box-office releases in the USA were directed by women. That’s it. It’s a percentage that should be used to describe the amount of cream in whole milk, not half the human race.

The truth is that the film industry in general, not just Hollywood, is dominated by men. In books on cinema and classes on film history, female directors frequently get overlooked.

Over at MUBI, someone aptly named Ally the Listmaker has taken great pains to counter that. She has compiled an exhaustive collection of movies by women. Ally’s list contains over 1400 movie titles, mostly films made within the past 20 years.

READ MORE: An Ambitious List of 1400 Films Made by Female Filmmakers | Open Culture.