Women in film have long dealt with incredible odds against getting hired to work on film sets. Of the top grossing films in the past several years, for example, only 4% were directed by women. It’s nothing new, but that doesn’t make it easy or fair. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is finally taking steps to level the playing field. First: investigate into discrimination in recruiting and hiring women directors.
It’s a welcome start. Women cast women. Quoting from NOLA.com’s article, Directors Guild of American Blames Studios, Networks for Gender Bias: “A director’s gender matters because it influences what’s seen on screen, said Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood, which advocates for gender parity in entertainment. Movies directed or written by women are 10 times more likely to show a female protagonist than those written and directed by men, she said.”
LSWI is grateful for the ACLU’s efforts, not only because it could equate to more stunt jobs for women. It’s also important because many stuntwomen dream of directing. We want their dreams to come true.