Directors Guild of Canada Awards: One Woman Speaks

Mitt Romney: “I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I went to my staff, and I said, ‘How come all the people for these jobs are all men?’ They said, ‘Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.’ And I said, ‘Well, gosh, can’t we find some women that are also qualified?’ I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.”

After hearing this, a highly qualified woman director attended the 2012 Directors Guild of Canada Awards last night. She sent us the following report:

“I wanted to ask the Producer on the show I’m now directing if I was chosen from ‘Binders full of Women,’ but instead I ended up asking: “Was I chosen from a single binder 10% full?” (Editor: the current ratio of male-to-female episodic TV directors is about 89% to 11%).

At the unbearable DGC Awards last night (where they made a concerted effort to have women director-presenters), the one female winner (Best Comedy Series – Call Me Fitz) said: ‘I had to create my own show to get an episodic TV directing job.’

I was feeling particularly sensitive. I was sitting at a table the farthest from the stage (back row, corner) with two other women nominees (editors).

I was the only director whose show was nominated, but I personally was not nominated (because the show directed itself, I guess).

The Romney comment was driving me crazy as I listened to the endless, mostly Hugh Hefner-esque jokes people were telling.

And someone who just might be the president of the United States in a few months literally had to go to women’s groups to get recommendations for ‘qualified’ women.

I know I’m lucky to be working, but it’s appalling and it’s enraging.”

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