This is a post for all women directors (whether you are a DGA member or not) of feature films, episodic TV shows, commercials, shorts, experimentals etc.
Have you been refused directing jobs despite being qualified?
Have you been told that a show (or an agency or producer) doesn’t want women directors or won’t hire more than one?
Have you consistently been given fewer episodes than your male peers?
Have you encountered barriers to your career because of discrimination against women in directing?
If you have experienced sexism in the industry and you want things to change, you need to speak up. Make your voice heard. You can make a difference.
If you are a director who has been discriminated against, the ACLU wants to hear your story to learn more about the experiences of women in the directing industry.
Gender disparities in film and TV directing are striking and have not improved over the last 30 years. We need your voice NOW, openly or anonymously. The more stories the ACLU receives, the more effective they can be in creating change.
JOIN THE MANY, MANY FEMALE HELMERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN.
Here are some quotes from industry leaders on why this is so important:
“Why is the DGA making such a big deal about this? We’re making a big deal because it matters.”
— DGA President, Paris Barclay – 2014
“Women (directors) must be brave enough to take action.”
— Millicent Shelton, DGA-WSC Co-chair – 2014
“It’s not a level playing field [for women directors].”
–Producer of The Princess Diaries, Debra Chase Martin
“I’m still confounded by how few female directors there are. I don’t get it.”
–Dreamworks CEO, Stacey Snider
“This is our time! This is our time! Live the word that begins all cinema. Live the word ACTION!”
–DGA-WSC Founder, Victoria Hochberg – 2014