Gender Inequality in Film

Lexi Alexander

Update: Hit the break to see an update on this piece! If you’re still reeling from this week’s reminder that there’s still a major gender gap at play in Hollywood, Twitter might have the antidote for your pain. The #HireTheseWomen hashtag has steadily been gaining steam over the past few days, and it’s not only proving that social media can be used for good, but that people really, really want to see more films from women. Even better? There are plenty of women who can make them. Film critic Miriam Bale got the ball rolling earlier this week, as she began tweeting lists of talented women for Hollywood to hire, as inspired by that Women and Hollywood infographic that so simply and wrenchingly detailed the major gap that still exists between male and female directors in Hollywood. The thing has taken on a life of its own, with all sorts of other Twitter users weighing in, including a number of actual female directors and writers. It’s unquestionably the start of something great, and also the start of something very necessary.

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Gender Inequality

Still not sure that even a creative field like filmmaking isn’t progressive enough to smash consistent chatter about something as nasty as gender inequality? Think again. Or, at least, take a peek at a visually appealing presentation that lays plain plenty of facts, numbers, and observations we might otherwise be ignoring. The New York Film Academy has just put together a new look at gender inequality in film by way of a very snazzy infographic, and despite its easily digestible format, most of the numbers aren’t very easy to swallow. As the team at NYFA puts it, “it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias.” There is, however, some good news, especially when it comes to independent film, so here’s hoping that those eventually trickle up into big studio films and weren’t not stuck looking at this same infographic in a decade. Check out the full infographic after the break (it’s a doozy – get ready to scroll!), along with some observations about some of the unsurprising (yet still upsetting) revelations it contains.

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