Does it get any better than Jessica Chastain and Barbra Streisand?
Over the past month, Jessica and Barbra have joined other actresses in Hollywood speaking out on sexism in the industry and what it means to be a powerful woman in a male dominated world. Both of the ladies gave eloquent analyses on the topic and offered words of wisdom for their successors.
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Chastain, who is currently working on the film The Zookeeper's Wife, expressed her excitement over collaborating with more women than usual, saying:
"We're not even 50 percent of the crew – we're probably something like 20 percent women and 80 percent men – but it's way more than I've ever worked with on a film before. Usually on a movie it would be me and maybe two or three other women, even though there are 100 people there. It's crazy. I loved making the movie Lawless – it was a very masculine story about three brothers – but when Mia Wasikowska showed up on the set, I ran into her trailer and yelled, 'It's a girl!' I was so happy."
Woah, we can't believe Jess is usually on set with just two or three other women! Insane!
The beauty added:
"It's like Viola Davis said in her Emmy speech: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. It's the same situation with female directors versus male directors – they are not given the same opportunity. If you look at the people who put the film together, it's a lot of women who have had a difficult time in the industry, so of course they are going to want to be on a set where they aren't the token woman, where there are more voices."
While it's a shame females aren't given the same opportunities, we're glad there are a ton of fabulous women out there to help mend the gap!
Echoing Chastain's sentiments, Streisand recalled anecdotes of discrimination in her own op-ed. Upon hearing that she had been labeled "aggressive", the actress explained:
"That word 'aggressive.' That led me to write a speech for Women in Film about how language defines the problem of the way women and men are viewed. We're just measured by a different standard. He's "committed." She's "obsessed." It's been said that a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Why can't that be true of a woman? 'Vanity' is another word they use for women. I saw it in a review of Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea; I haven't seen the movie, but they call it her "vanity production," because she's doing the jobs I did. But if a man does it, it's 'How brilliant. He's multifaceted, he's multitalented, a multihyphenate."
All good points! It's nice to hear such intelligent women speak out!
So, what do YOU think of the pair's comments?
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Tags: barbra streisand, inspiration, jessica chastain, politik