A Peek into my Mind: My Interview with SplineBomb.com

It can be both exciting and humbling to reflect on my career and look back at how I got to where I am today. There were both thrills and bumps along that road, but I’m very thankful to where it’s lead. Recently artist and character designer Ryan Adams interviewed me about my career. He covered some topics I haven’t visited in awhile, so it was a great trip down memory lane. An excerpt is below, and you can click through to SplineBomb for the whole interview. Thanks for allowing me to share my reflections with you! From SplineBomb.com, originally published March 12, 2014 Here’s one of many interviews that has been coming for a while. Our awesome friend, Ryan Adams, took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Brenda Chapman. In 1998, she became the first woman...

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I Remember the Exact Moment I Became a Feminist

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of taking the stage at yet another TEDx event at UC Berkeley. The theme of the day for TEDxBerkeley was “Rethink. Redefine. Recreate.” and it’s one I took to heart. My talk was called “Observation and Change” and it focused on something that’s become essential in my personal and professional life: observing what needs to be changed and then working to fix it. As I said in my talk, which you can view below – there are a lot of things in this world that need to be changed, and it’s absolutely overwhelming. Can you fix them all? No. But what you can do, and what you must do is take that one thing that keeps you awake at night and do something about it. My example? Disney movies. I loved them as a child – Snow White,...

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Fabulous Fashionistas Could Teach Us All Some Lessons

Empowering girls and women to be themselves and love themselves is something I’m really passionate about. And when I see women who are providing fantastic examples of what it really means to be  confident, empowered and “owning” their unique individuality and perspective on life, I try and do my part to spread the word. And when they’re a group of older women, there’s something about that that makes it even more special. Fabulous Fashionistas is my latest find – a group of six older women (with an average age of 80, no less!!) who are making headlines as the subject of a new documentary on Britain’s BBC 4. They are just so amazing! These spunky ladies are proving that you’re never too old to express yourself, and fashion is their way of making a statement and...

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Your Voice Matters – Share Your Opinions on Marketing to Girls

One of the most important topics we write about here  – and one we won’t stop writing about until there has ceased to be a need – is the sexism in the marketing of toys and books to girls. We’re not fans of toys covered in pink and purple glitter or books idealizing a girl’s beauty above all else. As we’ve mentioned, we’ve got some allies in this fight, and we like to recognize them and help them whenever we can. One organization that has a real vision for creating change in the way products are marketed to our kids is the advocacy group Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies. Founded by Melissa Atkins Wardy, Pigtail Pals is focused on helping parents to help their kids of both genders “to grow in a healthy childhood free of gender stereotypes and sexualized...

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Meryl Streep Tells Us How She Really Feels About Walt Disney

A couple of weeks ago the National Board of Review Awards did much more than just give Hollywood its customary warm-up to the Golden Globes. The event also set the acting world abuzz with unexpected controversy when accomplished actor Meryl Streep (possibly the most loved and decorated female actor of our time, no?) made some bold statements about Walt Disney in the speech she gave to present fellow outstanding female actor Emma Thompson with the best actress award for her role as Mary Poppins author PL Travers in the feature film Saving Mr. Banks. The movie tells the story of how Walt Disney himself pursued and persuaded Travers to let him bring Mary Poppins to the big screen. While Streep’s lengthy presentation speech included lavish praise for Thompson,...

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Taking the Stage at TEDxBerkeley

Last fall I had the experience of a lifetime when I given the honor of speaking about Role Models and Resilience at TEDxUNPlaza. Not only did I get to share my mother’s story and the importance of teaching resilience to women and girls, but I was inspired listening to and learning from all the other speakers and performers who shared that day. As I wrote soon after, it was an amazing group of people who are making the most of every day, putting their words into action. I walked away from the UN Plaza so much better than when I arrived, thanks to my experience and the influence of my fellow speakers. And now, it seems, I am going to be fortunate enough to have another such brilliant experience. In just a few short days, I’ll be joining a wonderful lineup of...

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New York Film Academy Premieres Infographic on Gender Inequality

The gender inequality in film and television is long-standing and undeniable, and sadly, it’s not exactly on the decline. Though it’s great that we’re ending 2013 ending on a high note for women in film thanks to the great success of female-led Catching Fire and female-directed Frozen, it’s probably a bit early to get overly-optimistic about the upcoming year. What got me thinking about this particular topic again? A recent and very eye-opening  infographic on gender inequality in film by the insiders at the New York Film Academy. Are there women in film using their talents and having success as writers, directors, and actors? Absolutely, and their work should not be discounted. But the fact remains that the percentages of women in all areas of film compared to...

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Inspired by Merida: Artist Gives Modern Female Role Models a Satirical Princess Makeover

I love that the notion that my work might ever directly or indirectly inspire another artist. The spawning of one idea from another and the relationship between artists so symbiotic in nature – it’s all kinds of wonderful. And the power that we get from that is pretty incredible as well, and can lead all artists to exposure to a much wider audience than we might often accomplish on our own. So it is with my Merida and the recently-viral “Disney Princessifying” satirical makeover given to modern female role models by artist David Trumble. Trumble’s spectacular satire, originally published on the Huffington Post back in May, was directly inspired by Disney’s ill-conceived Merida Makeover. He recently told my friend writer Rebecca Hains in a fantastic and frank...

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Writer-Director Joss Whedon Stands up for Equality for Women

That there is a gender gap in most professions in our country is no secret, and the fact that said gender gap is especially pronounced in film and media is no exaggeration. I’ve never thought of myself as an especially hard-core feminist or even a trailblazer as a female in animation, but that’s mostly because it boggles my mind why I would even need to. Why is there a gender gap? Why is this even a “thing”? Why would I be paid any less than a man for doing the same job? Why is this the way of our culture? It’s a question that may never be answered, and an issue that without a doubt needs to be set right. That’s why this short video of a speech given by seasoned writer-director Joss Whedon resonated so strongly with me, to the point of giving me chills near the...

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Take Back Halloween! Girls Should Have An Empowered Choice When It Comes To Costumes

Fall is in full swing (seriously, you can’t take a step into a grocery or department store right now without tripping on a pumpkin or over a witch’s broomstick). Though Halloween can be a fun time for the whole family, it can also be a season of increased sexualization, particularly of young girls. Costume trends over the last decade or so have seen gender-neutral costumes, such as animals, and render them female with the addition of bows or tutus, or, worse still, to take a traditional female costume like Little Red Riding Hood and needlessly, yet blatantly, sexualize it.  As a result, there’s a whole lot of costume chaos to wade through to get to the decent All-Hallows Eve dress-up outfits for young girls. Don’t believe us? Take one step into your local party...

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