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Meryl Streep funds new initiative for female screenwriters over 40

Noel West/The New York Times

A new initiative by New York Women in Film and Television called “The Writers Lab,” which will be nurturing 8 female screenwriters at an upstate New York retreat, was announced this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. Meryl Streep has made a “significant contribution” to the project. The initiative will hone and develop women’s scripts, under the guidance of such professionals as Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer-director of cult romantic hit Beyond the Lights, Boyhood producer Caroline Kaplan and Legally Blonde writer Kirsten Smith. It was launched after a study found that the number of female screenwriters in the U.S. was falling (from 17 percent in 2009 to 15 percent in 2014) and that they were also paid less than their male colleagues. By funding this project, Streep continues to rock the boat for the arts and women’s empowerment. Later this year, you’ll be able to see her on screen as Emmeline Pankhurst, the legendary suffragette — a trailer for which was released just last week.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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