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Straus Institute and Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture Host "Women in Hollywood" Conference

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture will cosponsor the conference "Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System" Friday to Saturday, November 15 to 16, on the Malibu campus. 

For more information, including the full agenda, and to register, visit the Straus Institute website.

"Women in Hollywood: 100 Years of Negotiating the System" is intended to focus on the special issues and challenges facing women individually and collectively in the entertainment industry. This event is part of the Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond series.

Women have played important roles in the entertainment industry from its earliest days. They have achieved great success as actors, directors, writers, producers, agents, managers and legal advisors, and have attained leadership positions in guilds, studios, networks and other industry organizations. But women still face significant challenges in Hollywood. Women in creative, business and legal roles must find ways to effectively balance careers and personal lives. Groups such as Women in Film L.A., New York Women in Film and Television, The Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and the Directors Guild of America Women's Steering Committee have highlighted the relative scarcity of opportunity for females as creative artists. Although notable efforts have been made toward addressing these realities, challenges and disparities remain.

The program will:

  • Underline and draw lessons from the lives of women like Mary Pickford, Frances Marion, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland and others who successfully "negotiated the system," or strove to improve opportunities for themselves and others.
  • Provide critical guidance for women in managing conflicts and relationships in their careers and personal lives.
  • Help identify sources of resistance to greater opportunities for women and set a collective action agenda aimed at altering the landscape for the next wave of women in the entertainment industry.

Pepperdine University's Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond series explores the culture of faith, family legacies, and the entertainment industry. Featuring film screenings, panel discussions, a library exhibit, and a celebrity toast and benefit, the series runs through Fall 2013. Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond is supported by the Brenden Mann Foundation, which honors the legacy of Hollywood producer and theater magnate Ted Mann.

MCLE Credit: These activities have been approved for 12 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Pepperdine University School of Law certifies that the activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.

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