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Women in Entertainment - From Operations to Executives

The entertainment industry is very much dominated by men like many other fields. However, in recent years, the number of women becoming very popular and appreciated in this field is thankfully increasing. More and more women are proving that they can do the job that men are doing just as good, and in many cases, even better.

In many fields, more women are being put on higher positions than ever before. In the past, women were used as tools for large companies to attract more clients, while today, women are in the highest positions like never before. Although there still are a number of challenges, like, for example, equal pay, the world seems to be accepting the fact that women actually are more than their looks and they can do the job just as good as men.

For many fields, women were only "eye-candy" for a very long time. Today, they are running businesses and doing highest-paying jobs. In the world of gambling, women always were used by companies to attract more men for gambling. Thankfully, this time is long-gone and now, women work in the highest positions, being directors, executives, and CEOs of many companies.

A number of the best online casinos today are actually run by women, who are doing their job like no other. With the success that these casinos have, it is very easy to see that women have what it takes to be independent, hard-working, and successful individuals, something that was restricted for them just a few decades ago.

How are women represented in the world of entertainment today?

When it comes to fields like film, television, and music, women always played a huge role in the success of these fields. Artists such as Audrey Hepburn, Billie Holiday, and many others, are some of the most beloved people around the world.

The role that women have in the world of entertainment is unmatchable. As of today, there are many women working not only on stage, but behind the scenes as well, being some of the best writers, producers, directors, and many more.

However, this has not been like this in the past. Hollywood, which is trying to give women the spot that they deserve today, was one of the places where these women were used and left behind the most.

In the past, Hollywood has used women as a way to make their works more popular without giving them enough of a credit. We all remember the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, some of the best actresses of all times, who became love-long enemies because of the thing that the industry had done to them.

And they are not the only ones, the industry has used many women for the same purpose - to get money, and ignore the needs of the women at all costs.

What are the current challenges that women face in the entertainment industry?

Sadly, although women are given a platform like never before, there still are a lot of challenges that they have to face every day. One of the biggest ones of them being the unequal pay, which makes these women stand in a very vulnerable position.

Many companies had to face huge backlash for this reason, one of the recent ones being Bon Appétit. After the scandal, many faces of the company decided to leave it forever and left behind the uneven situation that was in the company.

There have been many movements to help women find more equality on the market, including some of the most popular one of them, the Me Too movement. However, even after this very large movement, women still see challenges that make the environment very uneven.

How does the future look for women?

Today, like never before, women have the rights that are fundamental for every person. However, they still have a lot of problems that men don't have. Thankfully, the fight for equality is nowhere to be done and as many say, it is only the beginning of it.

Thanks to the strong, hard-working women, who are always ready to fight for what they deserve, the future seems to be a lot better for women in general. There are more women in places they were not seen just a few decades ago. These women run their own companies, businesses and are working tirelessly to live the lives that they deserve.

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Culture

Please Don't Forget to Say Thank You

"More grapes, please," my daughter asked, as she continued to color her Peppa Pig drawing at the kitchen table.

"What do you say?" I asked her, as I was about to hand her the bowl.

"More grapes?"

I shook my head.

"Please?"

I stood there.

"I want green grapes instead of red grapes?"

I shook my head again. I handed her the bowl of green grapes. "Thank you. Please don't forget to say thank you."

"Thank you, Momma!"

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children?

Many of us are busy training our young children on manners on the other side of the Zoom camera during this pandemic. Reminding them to say please, excuse me, I tried it and it's not my favorite, I am sorry, and thank you. And yet somehow simple manners continue to be undervalued and underappreciated in our workplaces. Because who has time to say thank you?

"Call me. This needs to be completed in the next hour."

"They didn't like the deck. Needs to be redone."

"When are you planning on sending the proposal?"

"Did you see the questions he asked? Where are the responses?"

"Needs to be done by Monday."

Let me take a look. I didn't see a please. No please. Let me re-read it again. Nope, no thank you either. Sure, I'll get to that right away. Oh yes, you're welcome.

Organizations are under enormous pressure in this pandemic. Therefore, leaders are under enormous pressure. Business models collapsing, budget cuts, layoffs, or scrapping plans… Companies are trying to pivot as quickly as possible—afraid of extinction. With employees and leaders everywhere teaching and parenting at home, taking care of elderly parents, or maybe even living alone with little social interaction, more and more of us are dealing with all forms of grief, including losing loved ones to COVID-19.

So we could argue we just don't have time to say thank you; we don't have time to express gratitude. There's too much happening in the world to be grateful for anything. We are all living day to day, the pendulum for us swinging between surviving and thriving. But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

If you don't think you have to say thank you; if you don't think they deserve a thank you (it's their job, it's what they get paid to do); or if you think, "Why should I say thank you, no one ever thanks me for anything?" It's time to remember that while we might be living through one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes, the market will turn again. Jobs will open up, and those who don't feel recognized or valued will be the first to go. Those who don't feel appreciated and respected will make the easy decision to work for leaders who show gratitude.

But if we don't have the time to be grateful now, to show gratitude and thanks as we live through one of the most cataclysmic events in recent human history, when will we ever be thankful?

Here's the question at hand: Do we have to retrain our leaders to say thank you like I am training my children? Remind them with flashcards? Bribe them with a cookie? Tell them how I proud I am of them when they say those two magical words?

Showing gratitude isn't that difficult. You can send a thoughtful email or a text, send a handwritten card, send something small as a gesture of thank you, or just tell them. Call them and tell them how thankful you are for them and for their contributions. Just say thank you.

A coworker recently mailed me a thank you card, saying how much she appreciated me. It was one of the nicest things anyone from work has sent me during this pandemic. It was another reminder for me of how much we underestimate the power of a thank you card.

Apparently, quarantine gratitude journals are all the rage right now. So it's great if you have a beautiful, leather-bound gratitude journal. You can write down all of the people and the things that you are thankful for in your life. Apparently, it helps you sleep better, helps you stay grounded, and makes you in general happier. Just don't forget to take a moment to stop writing in that journal, and to show thanks and gratitude to those you are working with every single day.