Movie and TV award season is among us, and the conversation is focused on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. These discussions about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and in many other industries, have led to an outcry for more female in the entertainment industry.
During this year’s Golden Globes no females were nominated for Best Director. Greta Gerwig directed Lady Bird, which took home the globe for Best Comedy Movie, wasn’t nominated. Patty Jenkins wasn’t nominated and she directed the box office smash Wonder Woman. Natalie Portman called out the Hollywood Forum Press for only nominated men when she presented the award.
The number of ladies who are making movies behind the camera is astoundingly low. The Hollywood Reporter reports that only 18% of behind the camera jobs in 2017 were done by women. This doesn’t even delve into the African-American women or women of color that are behind the camera.
It’s not that women aren’t available to hire, it’s just good old fashion sexism. There are plenty of women who are willing and want to do the work, they just aren’t getting the same opportunities as their male counterparts are. Melissa Hunter, who starred and wrote Adult Wednesday and writes for Santa Clarita Diet, tweeted that she wants to help get women in the entertainment industry.
She clarified that doesn’t have any hiring power currently but is hoping to one day. Even though she can’t hire anyone, she does have Hollywood connections and can help with exposure.
Hunter even went and set up an email account so women can send their resumes so if she hears of a job in their city, or acquires a hiring job, can help them out.
She also has been sharing job opportunities, and programs that she participated in that helped her break into the entertainment business.
Someone pointed out how it’s not illegal to hire men, so how is this sexist? Hunter replied by saying that men have a tendency to employ other men, despite their qualifications. Also, she is just helping mentor other women.
The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have subconsciously created a network of women supporting, believing and helping one another. Typically the media pits women against each other. But now more than ever before it’s evident that women want to help other women succeed.