Who is in charge of the casting? What is going on that there is such a lack of lead female roles? Well, men are in charge. Yes, the patriarchy is ever present even in the film industry. “It’s a hundred-year-old business, founded by a bunch of old Jewish European men who did not hire anybody of color, no women agents or executives. We’re still slow at anything but white guys.’’
Women are the least likely to get a job in directing, as well as getting a promotion. Doubtful, still? Not a single female director appears on the upcoming release slate for 20th Century Fox or Paramount, two of Hollywood’s major studios.
Women composed 9 percent of directors on the 250 highest-grossing domestic films of 2015—up 2 percentage points from 2014—the exact same proportion as in 1998. So, of course it cut everyone’s eyes when Marvel announced only women would be directing episodes of Jessica Jones season 2. And this year Ava DuVernay became the first woman of color to direct a movie with a budget of $100 million, with her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.