Gender Inequality : The Film Industry Essay

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Gender Inequality in the Film Industry needs to be talked about
If you can’t name 5 female directors that have directed more than 3 films, gender inequality exists in the film world. There is a huge pay, equality, opportunity, and bais gap between men and women in the film industry. For every 5 men working, there is 1 woman (Zurko). As a women pursuing film, it’s discouraging how i will have less opportunity and wage than someone else just because of my gender. By highlighting the social and financial gender inequalities present amongst those working in the film industry, we can begin working towards amending this inequality so women have equal power and equal pay to men in big-budget films.
We all know Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood. They’re all household names. But why do we not hear of Kathryn Bigelow? Ava DuVernay? Kathleen Kennedy? Type in google “famous american directors”. Scroll past pages and pages, there’s not a single women on that list. In the years 2013 and 2014 combined, “women were only 1.9% of the directors for the 100 top-grossing films” (Dowd). That number is way too small. Men don’t just
dominate the industry by a majority, they practically dominate the entire industry. In small film festivals women strive, like in the Sundance Film festival half of the directors were female. But when it comes to big budget blockbuster films, women barely have any exposure (Zurko, 1). Recently, Patty Jenkins made history…

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