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SXSW 2019: Desi Lydic Wants You to Talk About Gender

Posted On: Mar 15, 2019   |   Posted By: WWD

Once Desi Lydic, the lead female correspondent on “The Daily Show,” came to learn that America is ranked 49th in the world for gender equality, doing nothing about it wasn't much of an option.
“I did what any good full-time working mother would do and left my screaming toddler with my husband for three weeks and convinced Comedy Central to send me on an international work vacation,” she deadpans from The Line hotel in Austin between panels and working dinners.
The result of which is “Desi Lydic: Abroad,” an hour-long documentary that will debut on Comedy Central on May 13.
“It felt so confusing to me. Like, this is the nation that aspired to be the first to walk on the moon? Why is it that we are satisfied with mediocrity when it comes to gender equality? There's something wrong with that,” Lydic says. “And I started noticing that when women speak out about it, whether it's through marching or protesting or sharing your views on social media, people are like, ‘What are you talking about? Women have all the...

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