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An African American Woman -- Cheryl Boone Isaacs -- Wins the Presidency of the Academy

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by Melissa Silverstein
July 31, 2013 10:02 AM
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Cheryl Boone Isaacs

It's literally a new day at the Academy.

The Board of Governors last night voted Cheryl Boone Isaacs an African American woman as its leader.  She is the first African American to hold this post and only the third woman (but really the second since Bette Davis held the post only for 2 weeks.) 

Her election means that for the first time there is a woman president and a woman chief executive -- Dawn Hudson.  Hopefully, with two women in charge we will have a host of the Academy Awards that won't spend the whole time offending women.

Ms. Boone Isaacs is a marketing expert who runs her own company CBI which has consulted on films like The Artist.  She previously served as First VP and was the producer of the Governors Awards.

No other women were elected to the executive board.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Hollywood Reporter)

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2 Comments

  • Kathy | July 31, 2013 11:18 PMReply

    I hope she will make a feminist difference. I fear that she will be a gender and racial decoy. Women and people of color who crack the glass ceiling are expected to be decoys - people who are expected to hide the sexism and racism of the organization while actively and passively contributing to it.

  • bb | July 31, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    "Hopefully, with two women in charge we will have a host of the Academy Awards that won't spend the whole time offending women."

    I think it should read, "Hopefully, with two women in charge we will have a host of the Academy Awards that won't spend the whole time offending women, including women of color (i.e. Quevenzhane Wallis fiasco)".

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