The two XX’s that make up my chromosomes were seemingly a bit of foreshadowing for my life (and that of many women) in the film game. We are being “X’d Out” all of the time!!!! So it’s no surprise that though the women’s suffrage movement began as early as the 1840’s, we still are suffering. In 2015 we are still fighting for equal pay AND equal consideration across the board.
Working in corporate American for much of my adult life as I’ve honed my skills (and continue to do so), I have watched amazing, intelligent and ridiculously talented women work and perform circles around their XY counterparts for less, well less EVERYTHING – with the exception of less flack…hmph. It doesn’t matter if she is better, more suited, more educated…because she has two breasts and three holes…she gets the short end of the stick. And this happens in regulated markets such as corporate conglomerates and public domains. With that, in a place where the regulatory rules are more geared towards regulating hours worked, meal breaks and even minority quotas (all of which I fully support), the “minority” is ethnically based, yet still gender biased.
Of late I have written and posted many times about the present-day golden child of women directors, especially those of color, Ms. Ava Duvernay. She is magnificent and makes us all look GREAT! But there are many, many other capable ladies that are beasts behind the camera. Both those that are lesser known and those that are infamous (hey Debbie Allan and Kathryn Bigelow), and those that are studying to be (looks in the mirror) deserve the chance to see opportunities flourish from well-made and well-presented works. Seems that the A.C.L.U. (American Civil Liberties Union) thinks so too, and they are looking to do their part to help.
The A.C.L.U. is looking to take Hollywood to task about its lack of women directors. They are seeking potential charges being brought up on major studios, agencies and networks for leaving the ladies out! They even sent correspondence to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission! *Yall betta go!*
Check out this article on Indiewire today and scroll down after you read it to check out several other related articles. This move by the ACLU could lead to unprecedented statutes that will help ladies like myself who are burgeoning indie directors, make that move over to mainstream opportunities; or at the very least have us at the table to be considered.