Supporting creative work by women
Yesterday, it was announced that trailblazer TV director Lela Swift had passed away at 96. While she may not have been a household name, the three-time Emmy winner left an indelible mark on the TV landscape. According to this Deadline article,
Swift went from gopher to an AD job on the network’s Studio One in 1948, to directing nearly 600 episodes of Dark Shadows and winning three Daytime Emmys over 14 years of helming the soap opera Ryan’s Hope.
Thank you Ms. Swift for your invaluable contributions to entertainment.
NETFLIX ANNOUNCES ONE-YEAR PARENTAL LEAVE
Here’s a reason not to feel guilty for staying home and watching Netflix. The streaming service is giving its 2,000 employees paid parental leave for up to a year. That’s right. Maternity and Paternity leave. The new parent can decide when/if to return to work during that year and whether it’s part- or full-time. As we all know, maternity leave and child care deeply affect women’s choices about their careers.
According to the Pew Research Center, the US is far behind (in fact, last place) in paternal leave. Here’s to other companies following Netflix’s extraordinary example.
PHILLY WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL & CARIDAD SVICH
The inaugural Philly Women’s Theatre Festival (Philly WTF) closed on Sunday. Here’s a wonderful article about the festival, why it was launched as well as a terrific interview with playwright powerhouse Caridad Svich.