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ACLU urges Hollywood sexism investigation

Mad Men's Joan Harris. Jordin Althaus/AMC

Hollywood’s sexism and lack of female representation behind the cameras has been a hot topic of debate for most of 2015, thanks to outspoken actresses like Meryl Streep, Patricia Arquette and Helen Mirren, along with information revealed in the Sony leaks. The American Civil Liberties Union is now jumping into that debate by calling for investigations. The group has contacted several federal and California state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, over “the systemic failure to hire women directors at all levels of the film and television industry.” The statistics don’t lie. Women represent only seven percent of directors, 11 percent of writers, and 18 percent of editors on the most successful films over the past 17 years. The ACLU says this has nothing to do with a lack of qualified or interested women, as they are well represented in prominent film schools (and the independent film circuit). In its letter, the group argues that “women directors are subjected to discriminatory practices, including recruiting practices that exclude them, failure to hire qualified women directors based on overt sex stereotyping and implicit bias and the use of screening mechanisms that have the effect of shutting women out.”

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