Crushing Hard on my #wcw's Today - Women in Entertainment

In honor of #womancrushwednesday, I'd like to share with you a round up of links on how women in entertainment are trying to shake up our representation in the media. Yay for badass women in this industry!

1. Let us celebrate Laverne Cox!

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Laverne Cox is the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy. As a huge supporter of the LGBT community, I am thrilled with her nomination! I just feel guilty that I haven't watched Orange Is The New Black yet (I know, I know, I'm the only person why hasn't watched it. I am terrible.).

My favorite part of this story is how open Laverne is about her life and where she came from. Her willingness to discuss these matters is what will humanize her and her choices for the masses of Americans who have never met a transgender person before (or at least don't know if they have). This is how celebrities can make a difference. It's beautiful.

Read a small interview and some backstory on Laverne in this LA Times article.

And check out some beautiful pics of her in this mini Buzzfeed article.

2. Colbie Caillat makes me cry!

Have you seen this gorgeous song and video from Colbie Caillat? It's all about how we, as women, try so hard to be "better" than what we are, as if what we are isn't good enough. And how, of course, that is not true. And we should just accept ourselves the way we are!

The chorus says, "You don't have to try so don't have to give it all away. You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up. You don't have to change a single thing."

Here, check it out:

ARE YOU CRYING YET? My sister and I bawled when we watched it. My sister says we (as in, every woman in the world) should have to watch it once a week to remember that we are beautiful, just the way we are.

Read more here about how Colbie came to write this. I kind of love it that Babyface inspired her. Remember Babyface?! He's still producing music!

3. Next up, Emma Stone defeats sexism at every turn!

Did you guys read about this back in the spring? I just found out about it! Apparently Andrew Garfield accidentally mocked femininity in front of some kids, and Emma not only put him in his place, but helped him turn it into a teaching moment for the children. I give Andrew a lot of credit to - he didn't get super defensive or angry; he was willing to admit what he said was wrong and correct himself. I do not, however, give Jamie Foxx any credit. He sounded like a douche at the end of the video.

Check out the story (and video!) here.

4. Lastly, Meryl Streep on beauty standards.

PBS does this delightful animated shorts series called Blank on Blank in which they animate interviews with celebrities (Watch them all here!). I just saw Meryl Streep's, which is all about beauty standards in the film industry. She tells a hilarious story about a director underestimating her...I'll let Meryl tell it:

I love the part when the interviewer is like - how can you not like it when people are looking at you? You entered this profession. And Meryl is like - no no no, I said I wanted to act and transform. I didn't say I wanted to be an icon.

Because I don't know if it's that way for men - men don't have to be icons. They don't have to be hunky, necessarily. They can just be in it for the acting (said in my serious, dramatic voice). But for women...there is no distinction between acting and being that cover girl.

There's a bit more info on this interview here, if you want to check it out!