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Hey Hollywood, Twitter (Including One Oscar-Nominated Director) Wants You to #HireTheseWomen

by /bent
June 25, 2014 2:52 PM
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Karyn Kusama - just one of many women that Hollywood needs to hire


Earlier this week, Women and Hollywood unveiled an infographic detailing the depressingly small number of female directors hired by the major studios over the past five years. Understandably, people were enraged - among them, Miriam Bale (@mimbale) who decided that her response was going to be to start a list of female directors Hollywood should hire, inviting her followers to contribute. Pretty soon, a hashtag was born.

But #hirethesewomen is more than just armchair activism. Women directors might hope to be represented to the studios that might hire them by their agents, but it's not always that simple. Firstly, it's a lot harder for women to even find an agent (browse the client list of any agency you like if you don't believe us) and even when they do, agents are predisposed to present their safest bets to potential hirers. In an industry where women are habitually seen as a risk simply because of their gender, it's clear what happens next.

But in the age of Twitter, drawing attention to the women directors who are out there, qualified and available to be hired really can help increase their visibility. There are large numbers of industry insiders on Twitter, and even more who pay attention to what's being said. Since Miriam Bale began the hashtag, it has taken off. Among those getting involved is Lexi Alexander, the aforementioned Oscar-nominated director, who has done a fine job of keeping the conversation going, posting various lists of directors in numerous genres.

All in all, it's a fine and forward-looking response to what began as a highly depressing set of statistics. So get involved! And who knows, maybe the director of Star Wars Episode 23 won't have a Y chromosome.

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  • Women's voices too soft to direct | June 26, 2014 11:57 AMReply

    I mean if women weren't so small and less intelligent as men there would probably be more. Their voices are too soft to yell at departments to tell them what to do. The directors chair, was made for women. The first woman director was to fragile to stand on set, so they made the directors chair for them. Now, even men have to have the directors chair on set just not to anger the women who need it to rest. It's really a messed up business. Wouldn't women be more happy working solely in the costume department, you know, with all the clothing?

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