Although I was unable to watch the Academy Awards this year, I am not surprised to find this article, "Dear Oscar: Women Have Stories, Too"- by Tara Sophia Mohr, as an apt reflection on lack of female representation. As Ms. Mohr points out in her article, " The LA Times reported that men compose more than 90 percent of the five branches of the Academy, such as cinematography and visual effects. Only 6 of the 43 members of the governing board of the Academy are female, and only one is a person of color."
There are loads of female directors, producers, cinematographers, and the like out there making meaningful films that constantly get passed over or are only recognized in the indie circuit. Katheryn Bigalow is the only woman in Oscar history to have won for best director in 2009 for The Hurt Locker.
I agree with her thoughts on how this effects girls (and women for that matter) in that they grow up thinking that this is not an arena of creativity for them and further perpetuates the idea that their only place is in front of the camera. I think that is why classes like ours are so important to learn and be able to raise awareness.
(photo from reelmaniacs.com)