ACLU Commends Feds For Hollywood Gender Bias Probe

A year after it called on the U.S. government’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate industrywide discrimination against women film and TV directors, the ACLU said today it is “encouraged by the scope of the government’s process” and is “hopeful that the government will be moving in a more targeted phase.”

“In the year since our report was released, there has been much lip-service paid to furthering opportunities for women, but few definitive steps and no serious movement in the number of women directors hired,” said Melissa Goodman, director of the ACLU SoCal’s LGBTQ, Gender & Reproductive Justice Project. “We are confident that the government will corroborate our work and push industry leaders to address the ongoing violations of the legal and civil rights of these directors and of all women in the film and television industries.”

A recent DGA report found that only 6.4% of live action-films had female directors, and that only 16% of scripted TV shows employed women directors.

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