If you think our world is sexist, try looking in Hollywood’s world. It seems as if there are double the amount of men than women in these fictional worlds. Women in film are largely portrayed with a sexist outlook. Look at the nurses, secretaries, and waitresses on television – they are played by a large majority by women. Now look at police officers, doctors, and lawyers – they are generally played by men. Women portrayed in the workforce is not portrayed greatly in film. Take “Legally Blonde”, for example – the main protagonist is portrayed as a dumb blonde who used her looks to get into Harvard Law School. Once in, nobody in the school believes that she is able to achieve success. When she does, everybody is surprised at how smart she can be. In the film, “You’ve Got Mail”, the woman owns a small. independent bookstore, while the man owns a huge chain of bookstores. Why not switch it so it’s the other way around? In the film “Margin Call”, the top executives of the company who are mostly men, decide to pin the error on the single woman executive working at the large firm. In the film, all the technical engineers are played by men. In the film, “The Help”, it is all women portraying housekeepers, maids, and nannies. Granted, this was true at that part in time, but why was it true? Why couldn’t women back then work the same jobs as men could? Why is it that only in the 21st century, women are starting to become equal to men? In “The Social Network”, most of the students portrayed at Harvard were men. Now in Silicon Valley and other parts of the world where there is new tech coming up, it is mostly filled with men.
In 2009, Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. Why did it take that long for a woman to win? Looking at the percentages, there are much more men working in the film industry than women. And when women ARE working in the industry, they are mainly doing costumes, makeup, and set designs whereas men take up most positions in camera, filming, and directing. How do we as a society make it equal so that women have equal chances of working in these areas than men?
This concept of inequality for women in the workforce will always be an issue. The best we can do is work harder at identifying the problem and trying out best to fix it.