Friday 8 March is International Women's Day.
In the wake of the 2014 Oscars, Dr Bridget Conor, Lecturer in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, discusses women’s role in the UK and Hollywood film industries.
Since 1928, only 16% of Academy Award nominees have been women. For decades, women have been consistently under-represented in the film industries on both sides of the Atlantic, with few signs of improvement. A widespread perception is that female led projects won’t be profitable, but evidence shows that this is simply not the case.
Dr Conor states: “People are shocked by not only how poor these statistics are in 2014, but that they really have not shifted over any period of time.”