Once again, the Women in Games team has been trawling through the news sites to bring you the articles, reports and opinions that have caught our eye over the past few weeks…

First up, some good news from the UK’s Leamington Spa area, where the local college has seen a major shift in gender balance for games art courses. Course leader Adam Cox believes that the visibility of women in leadership roles in the region has had an impact. We couldn’t agree more. Read more here –

Sticking with games art, here’s an interesting opinion piece from a student at Canada’s Queen’s University who argues that game quality and femininity aren’t mutually exclusive: “The industry can and should create videogames containing stereotypically feminine activities—which means complex characters and compelling storylines, not only horses and fashion.” –

Meanwhile, Hard Drive blasts the ‘news’ that ‘Woke Video Game Sequel Replaces Main Character With Woman’… [SPOILER: the writer’s tongue is firmly in cheek]. Enjoy here –

Oscar season is upon us and it’s hard to have avoided the controversy, discussion and debate around the nominations the Barbie movie has received. Is it fair that Ken (Ryan Gosling) was nominated, but not Barbie (Margot Robbie)? There are a multitude of viewpoints, but kudos to Gosling for expressing his disappointment: “there is no Ken without Barbie, and there is no Barbie without Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie”

Stylist also asked ‘Where are all the Female Directors?’: “2023 was a big year for women in film, but you wouldn’t think so by taking a glance at some of Hollywood’s biggest awards shortlists. Sofia Coppola gave us a glimpse into the world of Priscilla Presley in Priscilla, Emerald Fennell returned to our screens with the popular but divisive Saltburn, Celine Song made her directorial debut with Past Lives and we haven’t even mentioned the behemoth that was Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.” Yet, as the magazine points out, only one woman, Justine Triet for Anatomy of A Fall, was nominated in the Best Director category –

Meanwhile, in the music industry, the Women and Equalities Commission in the UK has recently published a report warning that ‘urgent action’ is required to tackle ‘endemic’ misogyny and discrimination in the industry. As NME reports, the WEC also noted that the sector is “dominated by self-employment and gendered power imbalances”. As our CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman notes [LINK], this all sounds very familiar to Women in Games… Read the NME report here –

Finally, in games and the wider tech space, we know that we are going through a somewhat tumultuous time at present, leading to redundancies and restructures in some areas. We’d like to remind you that we have our Careers, Development & Networking Expo coming up on March 7th. Here’s a link to register for free –

And in the meantime, here’s a great article by Girl Boss about what exactly to do after you’ve been made redundant