Seen the line up of children’s films this year? This is why we get so excited about a film like, Brave, even before we see it. (Ask yourself these questions before you shill out to take your kid to see a film).
When I began my writing career working in theatre for children I was told that girls will watch stories about boys but boys won’t watch stories about girls. Thirty years later, it’s time for that to finally change. And women are the highest film-watching demographic. So the system—and it is a system—is broken.
As with all change awareness is the first step. Try and imagine No Country For Old Men with an all-female cast. Start counting the number of meaningful roles for women in front of and behind the camera in the films and television programs you watch and then wonder how that’s affecting the world that your mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters live in.