Will 2015 Be the Year Of Women in Hollywood?

There’s nothing new about the gender disparities women face in Hollywood. But if the start of this year is any indication, women are taking matters into their own hands to equal the playing field.

Take, for example, this year’s awards season. Frustrated with the same superficial questions women get asked year after year on the red carpet, The Representation Project launched the hashtag†#AskHerMore,†calling on entertainment journalists to ask women questions beyond their hair, makeup, dresses and,†as they noted ion their blog, “spark deeper conversations in front of a national television audience.” The hashtag took off. The Academy Awards’ Best Actress nomineeReese Witherspoon (Wild) even posted a picture on Instagram calling out the sexism women face on the red carpet using #AskHerMore.

 

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As if that wasn’t good enough, Witherspoon shouted out the movement in her picture’s caption saying:

<3 this movement #AskHerMore..have you heard of it? Itís meant to inspire reporters to ask creative questions on the red carpet. I love the Oscars AND fashion like many of you – & am excited to share #WhoAmIWearinglater tonight. (not yet!!) But Iíd also love to answer some of these QsÖ.And hear your suggestions?! (Share em below!) There are so many amazing, talented nominees this year..! Letís hear their stories! Spread the word. #AskHerMore #Oscars #Countdown

When she hit the red carper herself,†Good Morning America†anchor Robin Roberts asked Witherspoon about her Instagram post. She beautifully responded, “[T]here are 44 nominees this year who are women, and we want to talk about the work we have done.Ē†

Lena Dunham got in on the action too, posting the following tweet which included the digital and video storytelling platform Makers’†list of questions to ask women on the red carpet.

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The†Girls’†star and producer has also launched her our all-female production company with fellow co-stars Jenni Konner and Erika Naegle to get more women-centric stories on screen. Of the project, she says they wanted to “push the ball forward on gender and sexuality in interesting ways” and “a place to nurture other artists.” Dunham is a big advocate for women working together and empowering one another:

When thereís an industry devoid of women, thereís a tendency for women to feel like they have to protect their spot, like thereís not enough room in town for both of us. We need to break that down and support each other, because as my dad always says, ĎA rising tide lifts all boats.í. . . Itís our job as women who have been given a certain amount of success and visibility to pull other women along with us.

Rose Bryne has launched her own all-female production company, The Dollhouse Collective, which already has three female-led projects in the works. The production company aims to “champion†women across the industry who havenít had opportunities in the past and to support the work of women who have paved the way for them.”

Like Dunham,†Meryl Streep is another advocate for female collaboration and put money where her mouth is quite literally this week by funding The Writers Lab’ initiative to mentor female screenwriters over the age of 40.†The program is the only one of its kind. It’s being run by the New York Women in Film and Television, which noticed a decline in women screenwriters in the US from only 17% in 2009 to 15% last year. The few women screenwriters that do exists they found are also being paid less than their male counterparts.

Speaking of men making more money that women in Hollywood, this year, we saw superstar actress Charlize Theron take the wage gap head on when it was leaked that her male co-star Chris Hemsworth was making $10 million more than her in†The Huntsman.†Theron stood up for herself, and for women in Hollywood everywhere, by negotiating a matching salary with Sony. The same Sony hack revealed that both Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams got paid less than their male-co-starts Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner in†American Hustle.†

By taking these steps, women in Hollywood are changing the game by not only creating more opportunities for themselves, but by paving the way for younger generations of actors too. After all, the truth is that men are five times more likely than women to be working on films in Hollywood today. These numbers aren’t going to change by themselves. We need women like Witherspoon, Dunham, Bryne, Streep and Theron to light the torch and encourage more women to take a stand.

Photo Credit: Eva Luedin

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Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a year ago

thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Cat Tkach
Cat Tkach3 years ago

you go girls!!! GIRL POWER!!!!

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Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck3 years ago

Thank you.

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JOSE HONRADO
JOSE Honr3 years ago

Why not?

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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell3 years ago

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Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

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Bill Eagle
Bill E3 years ago

I agree, what a woman stand for and what she supports is far more important than how she looks.
Women are not just "objects" to be admired.

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