You Don’t Need Experience

“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want. We’ve been really indoctrinated with this culture of permission. I think it’s true for women, and I think it’s true for people of color. It’s historic, and it’s unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed. “

– Ava DuVernay

The stigma surrounding the hiring of women directors is negative, negative, and more negative. The idea is that women need the experience to do the job. BUT they need to get hired to get experience. It’s a vicious cycle with no end. There are also fewer women because they are told they cannot do the job. This means there are fewer people to hire from. AND the obvious rules of sexism still in play say women can’t do the job. It has also been said that women don’t want to direct big budget movies, furthering the idea that women don’t want the job. This is all perfectly wrapped up in a neat bow punctuated by the recent DGA changes in January.

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