At the Academy Awards in 2015, Actress-Director Patricia Arquette used the stage to address the discriminatory practices toward women in the industry. She pointed out, as she earned her Oscar that women are not only skilled at making films, but that they need to be compensated equally to what men receive.
The argument against this has long been that women do not make as good of filmmakers as men do and, thus, are not due the same pay that men receive. On Wednesday, Arquette attacked this stereotype, explaining that the criticisms are unfounded and ridiculous. She explained that the idea that women do not have the proper skill set is “not a valid argument at all,” and that anyone that would try to make these kinds of arguments to her she could not properly understand, because “You can’t talk caveman to me,” she quipped.
Since receiving her Oscar in 2015, many of Hollywood’s most well-known actresses have also chimed in on the discrepancies that are seen in the industry. The Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence has frequently pointed out that male co-stars receive more money than her, even when her name is the bigger draw. Actresses like Lawrence continued to fight for equality in an industry where women actors are some of the biggest draws for filmgoers, including such names as Jennifer Anniston, Meryl Streep, and Arquette.
Erin Sanger, who is chronicling the sexism in the industry with her documentary, calls the discrimination “insidious,” and explains that is just how Hollywood has decided they can do things. “It’s institutionalized,” she is quoted as saying.
In a field where women play such a huge role in films, it is surprising to see so few numbers of directors who are women. In fact, only 3.4 percent of directors are women, and in the most popular films from last season women made up just one-third of the speaking roles in those films. This is a trend that Arquette points out has been going on over the last decade and is continuing to trend in this direction.
What is most bothersome to Arquette is that the industry has really not changed from her earliest days as an actress. She explains that when she first began there was an “over bias” against women, but now it is more covert, what she refers to as “subterranean.”
More women are speaking out about this injustice, and this has the makings of starting a movement for real reform.
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