Angelina Jolie lent her voice during the 4th annual Women in the World Summit in New York on Thursday. The event is dedicated to bringing to light the stories of pioneers fighting for the rights of women and girls – from grassroots activists and courageous private citizens to top government officials and CEOs.
Angelina delivered a powerful speech in honor of one particularly inspirational young woman – Malala Yousafzai – the young girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head at point-blank range by the Taliban simply for speaking out about her desire to attend school and standing up for the rights of all children to get an education.
The Hollywood star and humanitarian then pledged $200,000 to The Malala Fund, the organization established by Vital Voices to help realize Malala’s vision. Honoring Malala’s wishes and determination to help girls in her home country of Pakistan, Jolie’s donation will be earmarked for girls ages 5 to 12, who are currently forced into domestic work rather than attending school.
Post-event, this is the “news” headline that ran on Bonnie Fuller’s HollywoodLife.com site:
“Is Angelina Jolie Stylish Or Sloppy At Women In World Summit?”
That’s their SOLE take-away from this incredibly inspiring event designed to uplift women and girls?? Fashion has zero to do with it and this is NOT the Golden Globes. We’re talking about a substantive event celebrating women who bravely fight for the rights of women and girls in areas where they have few or none. And this “media outlet” chooses to degrade it and Angelina Jolie by relegating their news coverage to a useless critique of the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador’s wardrobe?
The lead sentence inked by the article’s author Shimriya Richard sets the tone for the rest of the ridiculous piece, “While she often dresses to impress the multi-tasking mom let us down on the red carpet in a drab dress…”. She closes by urging readers to “VOTE for whether or not you like Angie’s look right here!”
We get that Hollywood Life is a gossip site, but Bonnie Fuller is a major media powerhouse and was named one of Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women. She is best known for transforming young women’s media, having launched and re-invented many national women’s magazines (Marie Claire, Cosmo, Glamour), celebrity weeklies, and now recreating HollywoodLife.com and serving as its President and Editor-In-Chief.
You would think she’d use her influence and her media platform to uplift women and deliver positive messages about them, especially when her site is positioned as “an online destination for women, 18-35 years old”. Running articles like this, what kind of example is she setting? It’s disappointing.
Perhaps Bonnie Fuller should take a lesson from fellow female media powerhouse Tina Brown, who launched Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Women in the World summit in March 2010, and cultivated it into a movement. Tina is the Editor-In-Chief of both publications.