Geena Davis has two steps to make Hollywood less sexist and they are pretty simple. Geena Davis is all about the strong female lead, from co-starring in Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own, to playing the first female President on TV in Commander-in-Chief. Geena points out that in depictions of large crowds, scenes of townships and communities, female actors only make up 17% of the population and for every 1 female actor there are 3 male actors.
Then she makes an excellent point, “Couldn’t it be that the percentage of women in leadership positions in many areas of society — Congress, law partners, Fortune 500 board members, military officers, tenured professors and many more — stall out at around 17 percent because that’s the ratio we’ve come to see as the norm?”
When we see such underrepresentation from the moments we are children, it’s hard to imagine a world in which women play an equal role when they aren’t equally present. Here are Geena’s two easy steps to increase representation.
“Step 1: Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting now that they’ve had a gender switch. What if the plumber or pilot or construction foreman is a woman? What if the taxi driver or the scheming politician is a woman? What if both police officers that arrive on the scene are women — and it’s not a big deal?
Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first ADs think women don’t gather, I don’t know.
And there you have it. You have just quickly and easily boosted the female presence in your project without changing a line of dialogue.”
It’s shocking that the most efficient way to include women is by including them.
[Via. The Hollywood Reporter]