#TimesUP

TimesUpv1by Diana Matthews
co-host of BeaverTalk

I have watched many award shows over the years but none has shook me to my core like this year’s Golden Globes ceremony.

The women of Hollywood put on their black attire and hit the red carpet in solidarity with the #TimesUp initiative – a legal fund and political proclamation to end discrimination, abuse, and harassment across all industries.
It was so inspiring to see the actresses and creators I look up to – women who have helped me shape my sense of self and have given me the courage to pursue my dreams – take down the house last Sunday. Continue reading…

A Feminist on Tinder

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tinderBy Diana Matthews

It was Saturday morning. I was swiping left, swiping right, swiping left. And left. And left.

Three very short weeks had passed since I’d packed up land moved to NYC and a big part of meeting new people in the city meant treading into the inevitable: Internet dating. Continue reading…

Finding Vivian Maier: An Odd Documentary for an Odd Woman

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findingvivianmaierBy Diana Matthews

When filmmaker John Maloof purchased a box of negatives at an auction for just over $300, he was unaware of the rabbit hole he was slowly but surely falling into. He began examining the images contained in the tiny translucent boxes. Not knowing anything about the context of the photos, he posted them on a blog, seeking the wisdom of the Internet for any information about their origin. Black and white pictures of people – old, young, sad, happy, emotional, stoic. It wasn’t long before the site garnered international attention. Continue reading…

Having the Space to Dream Again

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dgupdate6By Diana Matthews

And then there were four.

With Komal back in NYC after taking the summer to recover from surgery, things have been very celebratory in our office. We’ve booked 15 screenings for September and our fierce co-founders are hitting the road to attend Dream, Girl events across the country. As the weather cools off and the aroma of pumpkin spice lattes fills the air, I feel a newfound energy. Continue reading…

Feminist Film Review: Suffragette

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suffragette--By Diana Matthews

It was a perfect coincidence that I watched Suffragette on Women’s Equality Day.

When I woke up in the morning, my Instagram feed was swamped with celebratory #WomensEqualityDay photos and videos, acknowledging the incredible work done by and for women. It was amazing to see the video of Hillary Clinton declaring women’s rights as human rights at the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing alongside quotes from Malala Yousafzai and images of Rosie the Riveter. Continue reading…