Did The Women’s March on D.C. deserve a PEN Award?

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“The resistance is female, and we’re not going anywhere.”

These are the words of Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, which was just awarded the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the 2017 PEN Literary Gala.

The award was created in 2015 to honors courage in the freedom of expression — basically, everything that journalism stands for, which is why I love this story so much.

Previous winners include Charlie Hebdo and LeeAnne Walters and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who helped expose the Flint water crisis.

The Women’s March, which took place Jan. 21, may not be associated with traditional journalism, but the fact that they won this award shows that they embody everything that journalism stands for.

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What does NBC’s “Great News” mean for female journalists?

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Besides the occasional Seinfeld episode, I really don’t watch a whole lot of sitcoms, and I definitely don’t keep up with the constant stream of new shows on the air.

That’s why it came as a surprise to me when I learned that NBC’s newest comedy, Great News, premiered on April 25.

The show revolves around a young female news producer named Katie, played by Briga Heelan, whose work life takes a turn when her boss hires her mother as a station intern.

It was created by 30 Rock writer Tracey Wigfield and lists Tina Fey as an executive producer, so it couldn’t be all that bad…right?

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Bill O’Reilly has been let go, but will he ever go away? Nope.

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Unless you’ve been living under some kind of rock for the past little while, you probably know that Bill O’Reilly has been ousted from Fox News following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations.

This comes after The New York Times reported in April that O’Reilly and Fox News have paid over $13 million in settlements to five different women over 15 years, and after over 50 advertisers pulled out of The O’Reilly Factor.

So, O’Reilly is gone now, right? We don’t have to worry about him anymore, right?

Wrong.

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The Washington Post sets a new standard for gender parity in sports media

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If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love a good female success story.

Another thing about me — I’m really not that into sports (except for this week).

Earlier in April, The Washington Post became the first major newspaper to have women covering four major professional sports beats, and I am HERE FOR IT.

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Will Fox News close journalism’s gender gap? Probably not.

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Ladies and gentleman, strap yourselves in tight, because we’re about to take ride through media gender parity.

Are you ready? Please keep all misogyny and sexism outside the vehicle at all times. Enjoy your ride.

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations against television host Bill O’Reilly, let’s talk about the role of women at Fox News.

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