Ava DuVernay undertakes an industry-changing initiative
On a mission to change the gender imbalance in Hollywood, Ava DuVernay's show Queen Sugar, the hit OWN series, is one of the first shows to employ exclusively female directors. Duvernay also hit a milestone when she became the first black female director to helm a $100 million-budget movie -- that would be 2018's A Wrinkle in Time, an adaptation of the Madeleine L'Engle YA classic with a female hero, plus an appearance from self-made woman Oprah Winfrey in a glittery role.
Doctor Who catches up to the times in a TARDIS
It took over 50 years, but the BBC's beloved sci-fi series Doctor Who announced this year that its title character -- a two-hearted alien who regularly "regenerates" into different actors -- will, for the first time, be played by a woman. Jodie Whittaker, a British actress previously known for her role on Broadchurch, recently debuted the stylish new Who outfit, which makes sartorial nods to many of her predecessors.