The CW Network and WIF confirmed that Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Malin Akerman, Bishop Briggs, Logan Browning, Jack Donnelly, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger, Rita Moreno, and Yuna are joining the network’s star-studded broadcast of WIF’s WOMEN IN FILM PRESENTS: MAKE IT WORK! set to debut on Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT.
A piece of mingling music, comedy, and fun celebrity testimonials explores the issues and solutions for getting women back to work.
Hire Her Back (HHB) was launched on June 10, 2020, as a call for industry-wide action to rebuild a workforce that hires women and people of color equitably as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
Its goal is to raise money for the WIF Hire Her Back Fund that will disburse grants to women whose livelihoods in film and television have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis as they are returning to the workforce. Funds raised will also be used to protect WIF’s core programs, which have been lifelines during the COVID-19 crisis.
These include career pipeline and mentorship programs like INSIGHT, a collective of emerging BIWOC filmmakers, our Help Line for sexual harassment – which is expanding to address racial discrimination – as well as support groups for community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While this will be WIF’s first televised benefit, its Annual Gala is covered by major media nationally and internationally. For the past 30+ years, WIF has produced a high-level annual live event that celebrates the achievement of women in film and television and has served as a platform to deliver key messages about gender equality and parity in front of and behind the camera. Last year’s show honored Issa Rae and Amy Poehler.
Past honorees include Elizabeth Banks, Ava DuVernay, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Viola Davis, Annette Bening, Jennifer Aniston, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Drew Barrymore, Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, and many more.