By Rebecca Moore
Last year’s Oscars gave us one of the most important things that can be given by television: a new reaction gif. Because, at some point in all of our live we are going to need Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez applauding enthusiastically in our lives. I just saw someone use it on Twitter yesterday. It’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.
There is the possibility though, perhaps we have forgotten what she was applauding in the first place. Of course, now as I say that, you probably remember Patricia Arquette’s speech on the gender wage gap in Hollywood. But her words have probably faded from our minds.
Yes, there have been other actresses who have tried to bring it up again, but the reality is, we, as moviegoers, have a powerful voice in this matter. We have our dollar. If you claim to care about the pay gap, or the casting and directing gap, it’s important to stay educated and use our money to support, or not, entertainment that uplifts the women involved.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was an organization that could help women in film in a more direct way, though?
Meet the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Their goal is simple: support women filmmakers.
The foundation works to give grants to women who are working to use their talents to tell their own stories. Currently only 6% of directors in Hollywood are women, and ASF is doing their part to lessen that gap. They have partnered with the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. Boston University, Columbia University School of the Arts Film Division, The Sundance Institute, and Rooftop Films, are just a few to give women better access that they might not otherwise have had.
Most of the world's stories have been told by men. Not just action movies or the books you find on the bestseller list, but history itself. The world and our perception of it has been shaped and influenced by only half of it’s population, and it is time that we as women work to reclaim our voices.
If you are a filmmaker and are interested in learning more about how you can get involved with them, go here to see if they could be a resource. If you are not involved in the fim industry, but see them as a worthwile cause, you can donate, or head over to Sevenly.org this week. Their fabulous shirts, of which I own several, are contributing to the Adrienne Shelly Foundation this week. Their designs are some of the best they’ve made, so not only are you supporting a wonderful cause, you get one of these sweet shirts.
We can be critical of the media and how it treats women all we want, but at the end of the day, it is the people who show up that make a difference. So go and find your voice, and help another woman find hers.
(Image via fstoppers.com)