Cate Blanchett says women shouldn’t be a “minority” on Hollywood.
The actress was joined by 82 women in the film industry to protest the lack of women directors at the Cannes Film Festival.
“On these steps today stand 82 women, representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946. In the same period, 1,688 male directors have climbed these very same steps,” she proclaimed at the protest. “Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise.”
Only three of the 21 total films in the festival’s competition are directed by women. And Cannes’ top honor, the Palme D’or has only been awarded to two women in the festival’s 71-year history.
“We will demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we actually live,” Blanchett stated. “A world that allows all of us — in front and behind the camera — all of us to thrive should to shoulder with our male colleagues.”
Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have helped highlight Hollywood’s injustices to women — now actresses like Blanchett are pushing to ensure all of that is put to an end.