Screen Queens: Feminism in Pop Culture This Week 6/1

Screen Queens is LadyClever’s new roundup featuring feminist entertainment headlines from stage and screen each week: innovative portrayals and story arcs, sketches and comedy, appearances, awards, and more.


Call Me Caitlyn: Today, the Olympian and reality television star previously known as Bruce Jenner revealed her new look when she posed in an elegant strapless corset with the headline “Call me Caitlyn” for the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair.  She also launched a new Twitter account, tweeting “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.” In about 45 minutes, the account had more than 180,000 followers, according to the AP.

Jenner told the magazine: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life.'”

“Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free.” – Caitlyn Jenner

#TEDwomen2015: At TEDWomen 2015: Momentum last week, countless illustrious personages the likes of actresses Jane Fonda and Maria Bello, sports icon Billie Jean King,  author Roxane Gay, and former President Jimmy Carter shared bold sentiments of empowerment to an energized crowd. “The number one abuse of human rights on Earth is the mistreatment of women and girls,” said President Carter, who authored A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power last year. Check out the hashtag on Twitter to see the full impact of the event.


All the Mamas Who Pocket Dollars: At 33, pop superstar and multi-media mogul Beyoncé was the second-youngest self-made woman to make Forbes’ list of the U.S.’s richest last week.  She’s grossed more than $500 million since going solo, and her On The Run tour with husband Jay Z last summer pulled in nearly $100 million, according to Forbes.

Missing the Mark: Last week, social media bid a tearful farewell to beloved and revered photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away at the age of 75 in New York.  Throughout her 40-year career, Mark preserved striking images of people affected by leprosy, circus performers, street kids, hustlers, Romani, drug addicts — groups of people she encountered who, as she put it, “didn’t have the best breaks in life.” Mark captured “the tough edges of society in a humane but realist style,” Jezebel described. “She was a gifted street photographer, but what made her at portraiture exceptional was the intimacy embedded in all her pictures. “Her memory will live on through her gorgeous portraiture.  Casandra Armour

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