Film and Sexism

Sexism in the movie and television industry is continuing to become more prevalent than ever. According to Australian Council, Woman in Theatre (2012), recent studies shows women are however experiencing sexism through gender pay gaps and a lack of recognition and reward.

Hollywood actress, Patricia Arquette’s is one of the few female actresses who have spoken out about discrimination in films. In last year’s Oscars acceptance speech and winning her supporting role in Boyhood, Patricia Arquette’s makes a statement about wage equality.

Patricia Arquette’s Oscars Speech

“To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United States of America,” she said.

However, it is evidently clear the the future for women in the media industry is looking positive, particularly with the recent success of female fronted features such as Hidden Figures and the Wonder Women movie which is the highest budget film ever directed by a woman this year to date. Women are becoming more predominant in the film and television industry and this trend will continue to grow over the years.

References

Jennifer Lawrence Blasts Sexism in Film Industry (2015). ABC News, Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-14/jennifer-lawrence-blasts-sexism-in-film-industry/6852930.

Patricia Arquette Winning Best Supporting Actress (2015). YouTube, Retrieved from youtu.be/6wx-Qh4Vczc.

Pearson, Georgina (2011). Gender Equality, a Huge Issue in the Australian Screen Industry. Mumbrella, Retrieved from mumbrella.com.au/gender-equality-a-huge-issue-in-the-australian-screen-industry-7094.

Women in theatre (2012). Australia council, Retrieved from http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/workspace/uploads/files/research/women-in-theatre-april-2012-54325827577ea.pdf

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