Women in the Seats but Not Behind the Camera

I came across an article written by Manohla Dargis for the The New York Times.  Published on December 10,2009, it questions the absence of women directors and decision makers.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“I’m not talking about those buff babes who pop up in adolescent fantasies, licking their lips as they lock and load; I’m talking about movies made for and with women. I’m also talking about movies directed by women. Here’s a little history: Only three women have been nominated as directors by the academy in 81 years: Lina Wertmuller for “Seven Beauties”  in 1976; Jane Campion for ” The Piano” in 1993; and Sofia Coppola for “Lost in Translation” in 2003. None won.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/movies/13dargis.html?_r=4&ref=movies

Not surprising the sediment transcends various art practices and creative industries.  From conversations I’ve had with “creative” types, the same complaint or underlining issue arises.  However, I don’t want to generalize the issue to only one industry.

Ms. Dargis summaries it perfectly:

“The problem is, 90 years later, women have advanced while much of the movie industry has not.”

One suggestion: remove the word “movie” and add the industry that is applicable to you…

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