meryl streep women in film Meryl Streep admonishes Hollywood for 'tentpole failures' and lack of women in key rolesAt the Women in Film’s annual Crystal + Lucy Awards last week in Hollywood, actress Meryl Streep had some strong words for Hollywood when she addressed the ballroom full of some of the most prominent women in the entertainment industry.

“In this room, we are very familiar with these dreadful statistics that
detail the shocking under-representation of women in our business. Seven
to ten percent of directors, producers, writers, and cinematographers
[are women] in any given year,” says Streep. “This in spite of the fact that in the
last five years, five little movies aimed at women have earned over $1.6
billion: ‘The Help,’ ‘The Iron Lady’ believe it or not, ‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘Mamma
Mia!’ and ‘The Devil Wears Prada.'”

“As you can see, their profits were
significant because they cost a fraction of what the big tentpole
failures cost,” Streep continues. “Let’s talk about ‘The Iron Lady.’ It cost $14 million
to make it and brought in $114 million. Pure profit! So why? Why? Don’t
they want the money? Why is it so hard to get these movies made?”

Streep finishes her speech with this final thought: “Alice Walker said that the most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don’t have any. That’s like [hearing] that women don’t get raises because they don’t ask for them. It’s incredible.”

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