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Hillary Clinton Vows To Fight For Women In Hollywood, Break ‘The Celluloid Ceiling’

The presidential hopeful continues to advocate for women during California rally.

Hillary Clinton

On Friday, June 3, Hillary Clinton held a rally in Culver City at West Los Angeles College where she was joined by Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Banks, Sally Field, Sophia Bush, Mary Steenburgen and Debra Messing.

Tied to Women for Hillary, Clinton discussed gender inequality in Hollywood and vowed to break the celluloid ceiling. During her speech she reference the LA Film Festival, that is currently taking place, saying: “We’re holding this event during the L.A. Film Festival, and in fact, this year I’m told about half of the directors are women. So we’re moving toward answering the age-old question: Are Americans ready for a woman director?”

Adding, “We are going to break the celluloid ceiling. Then, starting next Tuesday we are on our way to breaking the highest and hardest ceiling.”

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Gender inequality has been a hot topic in the industry with several high-profile actresses, like Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Patricia Arquette, speaking out about sexism and gender pay gap.

Last year, the Directors Guild of America released a report that showed that 82.4 percent of film were helmed by Caucasian males and just 6.4 percent by women. Many have advocated for changes in the industry and more opportunities for women and minorities, with hopes for change. 

During the event, many celebrities addressed Donald Trump and the double standards that exist between male and female candidates. Steenburgen talked about how men don’t have to face criticism when they “think before they speak” where as women, or Clinton, has been called out for being “calculated.”

Banks also poked fun at Trump, joking: “He ran a university. It no longer exists. He had a TV show. It no longer exists. He had hair …”

Clinton and President Bill Clinton will be campaigning in California until Monday, with Tuesday, June 7 being the presidential primary election.

After speaking for about 12 minutes, Hillary concluded her speech by saying,“If all goes well … I will be the Democratic nominee on Tuesday.”

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