Who say’s women don’t rule, in fact, we no more then you think! Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have lead, who have changed society, who have a high count of quality, yet we are still seeing men take the lead roles, the titles and the highest paid jobs within the creative industry WHY?
Looking back at the Hollywood films it’s quite astonishing to see that it’s mostly a male-dominated industry, taking lead roles such as doctors, mechanics, fighters, soldiers and even taking a feminine role. Where does that leave us women?
This systematic underrepresentation of women in creative positions within Hollywood is called the “celluloid ceiling”, there is no evidence to suggest that women’s employment has improved, but what we are still seeing is stereotypes of women being represented within the film sector as mothers, waitresses, cleaners, this is how we are perceived, hypothetically speaking the morals of a woman have always been shown as mirroring reality, however when films are made we tend to see a lot of the female characters hit the “concrete ceiling, meaning that they can go no further, so can this gender inequality be fixed? Geena Davis says “When the needle moves on onscreen representation for the first time in seven decades, that will be historic. It’s the one area of great gender disparity that can be fixed instantly. We can absolutely fix it overnight, the next TV show — the next movie can be gender balanced.”
We have recently seen a lot of the actresses stand up and fight against gender balance to strengthen the community one in which was at the 2018 Oscars. One powerful speech said by actress Francis McDormand, who asked all the females to stand up and support her while she accepted her award for leading actress, her speech said “Look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said. “Don’t talk to us about it at the parties, invite us into your office in a couple days or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.” Meryl Steep, who’s had some outstanding role’s herself been the first one to stand up and applauded Francis.
Kathryn Bigelow on March 7, 2010, is the very first and only woman in history to win the best director award at the Oscars for the war film The Hurt Locker (2008), but why is she the only one? Us woman have embellished great ideas, it seems impossible to get a woman producer or director it’s very rare, and why. The film industry at present needs to address whether it’s heading in the right direction and consider investing into women – we are the drivers. For example Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie a great spectrum of showing us how a woman can take on strong, powerful and high leading characters, not only does it show the masculinity of a woman’s it also suggests that we no longer need the manhood of men to show us how these roles are done.
The perceptions seems that in all industries whether its film, teaching, politics there is still a lack of women getting opportunities to push their careers, themselves and get the same paid jobs as our male counter parts – We are the future and women are key agents of successful change when women and men are equal, things happen and economies grow, but it will take us woman on a mission to change that as long as we see the direction and how we want to be perceived we can change not just a community, but also the whole of the universe, here’s to strong woman may we be them, may we know the and may we raise them.
By Louise White