It’s no secret that sexism is still rife in Hollywood. However, from Jennifer Lawrence’s pay dispute to the #AskHerMore campaign – which was spearheaded by Reese Witherspoon at this year’s Oscars – more actresses than ever are speaking up in the fight against inequality within the film industry.
Joining them in their cause, is Emma Watson. No stranger to a feminist movement (we’re still in awe of her HeForShe UN speech), the 25-year-old Beauty and the Beast star, who continually inspires us with her wise, wise words, has now spoken out about her own experiences of sexism in the biz. And the figures she serves up illustrate her point perfectly.
Speaking candidly to The Guardian newspaper, Emma revealed: ‘I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I've worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman.’
‘But I am lucky: I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality,’ she continued. ‘Most of the problems I have encountered have been in the media, where I have been treated so incredibly differently from my male co-stars.’
‘I think my work with the UN has probably made me even more aware of the problems. I went out for a work dinner recently. It was seven men…and me,’ she said. If you every need a dinner buddy, Em, you know we’re ALWAYS available. Literally, we’re waiting by the phone…
Joking aside, it’s impossible to dispel the hard facts and numbers that Emma has highlighted. And she's not the only one who's pissed off about the blatant lack of respect for women.
Fed up with being treated like second class citizens within their industry, a host of female stars are using their power at the top to really affect change for future generations. Reese, all-round feminist hero, has started up her very own production company, both Elizabeth Banks and Kirsten Dunst have followed Angelina Jolie’s lead, swapping their roles in front of the camera lens for a seat in the director’s chair behind it, and Meryl Streep is financing a screenwriting workshop solely for women.
These ladies, Emma included, are modern day feminist pin-ups, and we salute every single last one of them.