Hollywood, the Oscars and gender equality

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Women still face a "tough struggle" to gain acceptance in the film industry, according to a Hollywood industry survey which
revealed that only 6% of successful films in 2007 had female directors.

The business is still a male-dominated club that views women as incapable of directing anything other than "chick-flicks" or getting to grips with technical skills, according to the advocacy group, Women in Film and Television. The Director of Women in Film and Television, Jane Cussons argued: "The studios pigeonhole women directors and think 'she can only direct a chick-flick about lots of women trying to make a quilt.'"


The Celluloid Ceiling

Dr. Martha Lauzen Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, publishes an annual report on women in the entertainment industry, entitled 'the Celluloid Ceiling'. In 2007, the report found that:

The Oscars

In the 80-year history of the Academy Awards, women have been nominated for best director only twice. The last time a woman was nominated for best director was 2004 – Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation.

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