When it comes to representing women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, Hollywood doesn’t do the best job at challenging old stereotypes. As the Entertainment Industry Educator-in-Chief at Google, Julie Ann Crommett works with Hollywood creatives to help them break away from writing stereotypical characters, think deeper about bias in media representation, and tell more compelling stories about women and people of color. Giving much credit to her mother and Abuelita for influencing her passion for social change, Julie Ann believes that the only way women will see better media representation is if we lift each other up along the way.
Meredith Walker is celebrating smart girls: those who are curious and always searching for more answers. As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, she’s redefining the “Happy Ending” by pushing girls to choose what success, family, work and fun look like in their own unique lives. In this episode, Meredith and Jess discuss the creation of ‘Smart Girls’ and how they’re changing girl-culture before our eyes. It’s okay to be young and unconventional. In fact, that’s the best time to start discovering who you are. Meredith Walker is changing the world by being herself and showing girls that they can do the same.