Gender equality in Hollywood has long been a hot topic, and it’s received more attention in recent years where industry leaders are boldly speaking up.
And it’s about time.
With only 30.2 percent of speaking roles going to females in films released between 2007 and 2014, and only a handful of female directors behind the camera, it’s shocking to think that these statistics are a reality when women make up half of the population.
While gender equality in the entertainment industry won’t come overnight, as it’s a process where speaking up is step one of many, I am proud to say that through the creation of more female-focused production companies like Broad Street Pictures, and the release of our feature film EQUITY, we are that much closer to bridging the gap.
Produced, written and directed by women, and with women in the central roles, EQUITY delves into the typically male-dominated world of Wall Street to follow the story of a banker who is leading a tech IPO in the midst of the fragile financial years post the 2008 economic crisis.
Already turning the heads of Hollywood executives, thus proving that female-dominated films are profitable and desirable to the public, EQUITY was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics prior to its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
The journey of creating this film, from the day the idea for the story was born to the day it screens in theaters across the country, is only the beginning for Broad Street Pictures. With a mission to tell stories about brilliant women doing amazing things, and to provide more acting opportunities for females, our job as a company has just started.
My hope with the success of EQUITY is that it will have a profound ripple effect on the entertainment industry as a whole. My hope is that it will not only encourage more industry executives to take a chance on the female-dominant screenplay sitting on their desk, but that it will inspire the female screenwriter to take action and put her idea on paper, that it will convince the woman deciding whether to get behind the camera to be courageous and make her vision a reality, and that it will trigger a young girl who dreams of being an actor to know that she can and should pursue her goal of being a storyteller.
We, as women, as female creative beings, have the right and ability to be leaders within the entertainment industry that are a unified voice to bring change within society. Not only is it important to bring that 30.2 percent statistic up for our generation, but it is vital for the next generation of artists that we balance the scale, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
We can do it, Hollywood. I know we can, and the whole industry, the entire world for that matter that’s so impacted by the stories we tell, will be all the better for it.