This video came across our desk last week and we can’t stop thinking about it.
Under-representation and mis-representation of women in media continues to be a hot topic, because inexplicably it’s still a problem. It feels like for every kick-ass feminist moment pushing us forward, there is a counter action that pulls the conversation back.
Case and point: The Golden Globes vs. The Oscars
We loved (and cried at) the 2015 Golden Globes. Between Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s funny and on-point observations, Patricia Arquette giving single moms a shout-out, Joanne Froggatt elevating the voices of rape survivors, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda proving that funny has no age or gender limits, and more celebrating strong women. The awards had moment-after-moment of awesome women saying/doing/representing awesome things.
It was a great night for women in media. It felt like finally we were moving forward and no one could take that away!
… And then the Oscar nominations were announced.
Despite sweeping the Golden Globes in all categories, the Oscars chose – within the same poll of possible nominees – to not recognize any female screenwriters, directors, or cinematographers.
An all-too-familiar blow. And a frustrating reminder that the conversation needs to continue.
One of the best ways to get your point across? Ticket sales. As consumers, we have the power to influence what we see on screen. So put your movies picks up to the Bechdel Test, support female writers and directors, check out the #MuffSociety, and be vocal about it.
It won’t change things overnight, but at least we can keep the conversation going.
One of our favourite voices furthering the conversation is Women and Hollywood column by Melissa Silverstein.
Who are some of your favourite voices? Tweet us @ClutchPR