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girl Friday

A female assistant who is capable of many different types of tasks. Based on the term "man Friday," the term can be considered sexist. I like to have my daughter be my girl Friday during "take your child to work" day. She's a better worker than some of my employees!
See also: Friday, girl

girl Friday

Also, gal Friday. An efficient and faithful female assistant, as in I'll have my girl Friday get the papers together. The expression plays on man Friday, a name for a devoted male servant or assistant. The name Friday comes from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, whose shipwrecked hero named the young native who became his faithful companion for the day of the week when he found him. In the mid-1900s Friday was applied to a male servant and then a women secretary or clerk who works for a man. The expression girl Friday gained currency through a motion picture starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday (1940). Today it tends to be considered condescending and, applied to a woman, sexist.
See also: Friday, girl
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While Hollywood is presently dealing with its deeply-rooted and crooked gender politics, which have been brought to the fore with the emergence of #MeToo and Time's Up, two movements against sexual harassment and workplace inequality, Nobody's Girl Friday serves as a reminder of the early days before Hollywood turned into what Smyth describes as "a bastion of male privilege."
His Girl Friday is the 1940 classic battle-of-the-sexes, re-marriage-as-screwball comedy starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy involving a newspaper editor, his ex-wife star reporter, her new fiance (along with his mother), and an escaped criminal hiding out in a roll-top desk in the newspaper's bull-pen.
After accepting a job as a secretary and "Girl Friday" for James J.
Movies like It Happened One Night and His Girl Friday put forward sanitized scenarios of adultery and eventual remarriage that renegotiated both marriage and romance.
For his next exhibit, he holds up a pair of frame enlargements from Howard Hawks's His Girl Friday. One is a close-up of Cary Grant, the other is a comparable reverse-angle shot of Rosalind Russell.
Mum Lucy, who spent a year on a paradise island 17 years ago as Gerald Kingsland's Girl Friday, last night claimed he had been unfairly treated.
I ended up being their "Girl Friday", making the tea and coffee, dealing with clients and visiting galleries, and I quickly learnt a great deal about maps.
As is well known- Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's 1928 play The Front Page was first made into a film by Lewis Milestone in 1931 and then by Howard Hawks as His Girl Friday in 1939.
Ann, Jamaica; 888-FOR-KIDS) have made it easy for families to play together or apart with its "Girl Friday" concept.
Its writerdirector team, Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer, fondly hopes to revive the sort of wisecracking screwball comedy that reached its zenith in His Girl Friday; if it's possible to bring in a few mystery elements, as in The Thin Man, then so much the better.
Hawks's films tend to explore either the activities of spirited and sharp - witted heroines (e.g., His Girl Friday, 1939) or the camaraderies and tensions that develop within male groups (e.g., Dawn Patrol, 1930).
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Renowned producer Margaret Matheson introduces Hebrides-shot drama Iona starring Ruth Negga, director Mike Day hosts a screening of The Islands and the Whales, and film critic Karen Krizanovich introduces classic comedy His Girl Friday which will be followed by a highly topical in-conversation about Women and Film.
'She was with her girl Friday during the incident,' Aguirre said, adding that Lalaine's companion could testify that the ambush was not fake.