Why I work at REACT to FILM: Because We Will Change the World

By Caroline Albanese
Social Media Intern

I work at REACT to FILM because we are not only a megaphone for change, but also the mouthpiece.

Growing up, I was told that I was lucky to be a white, middle class girl in America. Reading about slavery, immigration issues, and what was happening to those of Muslim faith (my Middle School education was in a post-9/11 environment) really made me appreciate my skin color and social stature. I was told I didn’t have to identify as anything other than “white,” I wouldn’t be teased for my religion, and I wouldn’t have to dodge gun fire on my way home.

I was told that I was living in the “greatest country in the world,” and that women were equal because Hillary Clinton was admired. It wasn’t until I enrolled in college that my mindset changed. I realized that the sayings I grew up with did not tell the whole story.

Miss Representation” exposes how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power.

Even though my college, Baruch College, has a gender distribution of 51% male students and 49% female students, I felt marginalized. As members of a business school, many of Baruch’s smartest and brightest, though not always white, were male.

I found this to be even more dominant when I became involved in the college’s student life and saw that the last four Undergraduate Student Government Presidents were males. When I began writing a column for my school newspaper it became extremely popular. Not only because it was on an interesting topic like video games, but also because I was a female criticizing a male dominated industry.

The final nail in my feminist coffin was at San Diego Comic Con when Dan Didio, an executive at DC Entertainment (the company behind the iconic characters of Superman and Batman), asked a panel’s audience what changes they wanted to see in the company. An audience member asked him why the percentage of women on DC’s creative team dropped, which caused Didio to grow irritated. He answered that there were no women that the company could hire and he quickly moved on to the next audience member.

“The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” focuses on the Black Power moment of the 60s and 70s.

I was so taken aback by the response that I wrote a blog post about the issue of women’s role in the entertainment industry. I spoke of the lack of female creators recognized for their work and created a list of women Didio should hire.

The post blew up and received thousands of hits as it continued to be shared on Twitter and Facebook. Beneath the entry were comments from readers all over the world discussing the role of women and modern day sexism.

Just like I did with my blog, REACT to FILM is exposing issues and creating a dialogue with others. I also work alongside women who are breaking gender roles and are inspiring, hardworking individuals. As an intern, I am lucky enough to join these women and expose other issues through social media. Every retweet, like and share leads to more eyes being opened, and the inspiration for more people who have the potential to change the world.

Caroline’s favorite REACT to FILM documentaries:
Miss Representation, The Black Power Mixtape, Electoral Dysfunction

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