Numbers speak for themselves when it’s about Gender Discrimination in the cinematic industry.
If there is one thing I hate more than Angelina Jolie not getting to play her badass spy role in “Salt” for a sequel, is not being able to say a woman’s name as soon as someone asks me “Quick! Name a movie director in three, two, one!”
If not many female directors’ names are popping into your head at the moment, don’t blame yourself, it’s not your fault 89.3% of Hollywood directors are men. A good movie director is expected to have technological expertise, flexible creativity, written and visual storytelling skills, decisive and problem-solving leadership, communication, and so on… Anyways, if you are a woman you can stop reading now. You know the drill: “leave it to the men”.
If you are a woman and you are still reading this article, you damn well learned that old sexist jokes go in one ear and out the other. Now let’s talk statistics. In 2020, The Toronto International Film Festival got approximately 45% female directors and creators attending. However, Hollywood still manages to have women occupying only the 10.7% of directors, the 19.4% of writers and a 24.3% of producers. Now someone please explain to me how these numbers make sense because I’m about to throw hands.