Tiffany Shlain, the fabulous Jewish filmmaker behind “The Tribe” and “The Making Of a Mensch”, has a new project: 50/50. As in, gender equality, and, as per the website, “not just politics and board rooms.” Excellent! More like this, please!
The multimedia, multifaceted initiative began with a film, which premiered in October, and is leading up to a big event on May 10th: 50/50 Day, with “over 9,500 events happening in 46 US States and 55 countries” already in the works. The Forward’s Editor-In-Chief, Jane Eisner, will be one of several speakers participating in the 24-hour global LiveCast Q&A. She will offer her perspective on how to get a more gender balanced world, specifically in journalism, business leadership and media representation and creation.
The events begin with screenings of the 20-minute film, embedded below. At just before the 17 minute mark, catch a glimpse of Shlain’s daughter’s bat mitzvah, complete with Talmud reference.
It doesn’t get more Sisterhood than that.
Jewish Feminist Director Tiffany Shlain’s 50/50 Project
Phoebe Maltz Bovy is a former editor of the Sisterhood blog at the Forward. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including The New Republic and The Atlantic. Her book, “The Perils of ‘Privilege,’” was published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2017. She has a PhD in French and French Studies from New York University, and has read a lot of 19th century French Jewish newspapers for a 21st century American.