As the Gender Equity Policies (GEP) project kicks off this month, I have been interviewed by FF2 Media and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada about the immediacy of this work. In my interview with Katusha Jin, we discussed the importance of looking at the issue of gender inequity in film on an international scale, collaborating amongst researchers, the relationship between this inequity in film and greater social inequities, and how this research can, and hopefully will, impact policy.
…the real problem isn’t that the labour numbers are unequal; it’s that the relationships in the industry are unequal. Focusing on women’s participation masks that issue. It implies that they’re the ones who need to do something differently, but they’re not the ones with the power to change things.
The Canadian funding agency for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) spotlit our project, reviewing our work and highlighting how we will be working with industry partners to disseminate information and encourage change in the labour market of the film industry and more. As I stated for the article: “Changing who works in the industry changes the kinds of stories that get told…That changes who’s being reached by the stories, and how they see themselves represented—and that can change their perspectives and inspire them to new ambitions.”
Read my interview with FF2Media here and my research story with SSHRC here.