ACLU’s new civil rights crusade: gender quotas for directors of top-grossing Hollywood films
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
It’s the civil rights scandal of 2016: Not enough women earning $80 million directing top-grossing Hollywood movies.
But fortunately, we have the ACLU and the Obama administration on the case working hard to set this miscarriage of just aright–and ensure that at least 50 percent of the tab picker-uppers at Spago will bear the XX chromosome.
“An attorney for the ACLU said Wednesday that federal officials are investigating whether gender discrimination exists in Hollywood, where statistics show less than 7 percent of top movies last year were directed by women.
“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs have responded to the ACLU’s request for a look at Hollywood hiring practices with a ‘wide-ranging and well-resourced investigation’ attorney Melissa Goodman said.
“‘We’re very encouraged by how seriously the government has taken this,’ said Goodman, director of the LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California. ‘Our hope is that they’ll push industry leaders to address the ongoing violations of civil rights women directors in the industry have experienced and are experiencing.'”
See what I mean? It cries out to heaven that Batman v Superman was directed by…a man.