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1 & 2: Loveleen Tandan is listed as co-director for Slumdog Millionaire, but her name was not mentioned once in these reviews.  Whether it should be is a minor controversy in the movie review world; the producer said the decision to include her name was made over a drink, which somehow implies that she is so negligible that she shouldn’t have been a co-director.

3.  Anne Bancroft was 6 years older than Hoffman–31  and 37 when The Graduate was filmed.  Hoffman was 22 years older than Thompson; 71 and 49 for Harvey.  Roberts was 36 when Mona Lisa Smile was filmed.

4.  Ella Baker helped found SNCC; Fammie Lou Hamer the Mississippi Freedom Party; Dorothy Height headed the National Council of Negro Women; Doris Nash the Nashville-Jackson Freedom Ride.  Baker started the SNCC when the SCLC refused to hire her as the full-time director because of her sex.  Nash got the Freedom Rides underway despite opposition from white mobs, the White House (JFK and RFK), and black male leadership in the Civil Rights Movement.  John Lewis, now a senior congressman from Georgia (not the UMW leader) was one of the courageous freedom riders.

5.  No women were permitted to speak at the  1963 Lincoln Memorial gathering, despite the urging of many women within the movement

6.  I hate Hottie, chick and babe as terms for any woman, and I don’t know of any comparably degrading terms for men.

7.  75 percent

8. 62 percent

9.  Rogers headed North Shore Gas, People’s Gas, and the Illinois State Lottery

10.  Concerned Women for America picked “a” as their lobbying slogan (a.  Women need to have more babies to pay for the stimulus package down the road)

The National Right to Life Committee frequently uses the language of c (Women who decide when and whether to get pregnant are “playing God” with their bodies and need men in government or religion to tell them “how to live their lives right.” )

b (Babies require women to spend more money on health care and diapers which will further stimulate the economy) is something I threw in–it makes as little sense as Concerned Women for America or the National Right to Life Committee’s views on women and pregnancy.

11.  I don’t know the answer to this.  It seems to me that almost every movie relegates women to these roles–look at The Wrestler, to name the most recent.

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