Hollywood accused of gender bias in hiring women directors
LOS ANGELES (AP) -
The ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project said Tuesday they are asking federal and California civil rights agencies to investigate what they call "the systemic failure" to hire women directors in the film and television industry.
The organizations have compiled statistical evidence of what they term "dramatic disparities" in the hiring of women. These findings are bolstered by anecdotal accounts gathered from 50 women directors.
Fewer women are working as directors today than two decades ago, according to the organizations. They estimate that, in 2014, women represented only 7 percent of directors on the 250 top-grossing films. That is 2 percentage points lower than in 1998.
Ariela Migdal of the ACLU Women's Rights Project said, "Women directors simply aren't getting a fair opportunity to succeed."