Monday, March 8, 2010

HerStory: Kathryn Bigelow

If you saw the Oscars last night, you just witnessed Herstory in the making! For the first time in the 82 years of Oscar history, a female was awarded the Best Director prize! Hello, this is a BIG DEAL!!

Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker, which was awarded the prize for Best Picture as well, accepted her awarded humbly after being introduced by Barbara Streisand (BABS!!). It's no surprise Babs referenced history had been made with this win!

If you're unfamiliar with the politics of Hollywood, so are many. But numbers don't lie and it's a FACT that women in this industry, particularly in production roles, have been short changed in recent decades. There is a glass ceiling that has yet to be broken until NOW.

Me, personally, I've been lucky to have worked on a book called "GIRL DIRECTOR" by Andrea Richards, which is highly recommended for young women & teens who have an interest in pursuing a production job in film. This is a book for your little sister, your niece, your daughter, your student, etc. Check out a preview here.

Guerrilla Girls have been around for over a decade, their flamboyant type of activism has left some shocked but ultimately, the numbers & statistics don't lie. See below link & image for their brand of activism.

So let's hear it for the girls today! Congrats to Kathryn Bigelow for her win. May this be the door that opens up to many more women in film surpassing the glass ceiling.

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