TO: JAY ROTH, find Executive Director
Dear Mr. Roth, Mr. Barclay & the DGA Leadership,
We women film students were accepted into our classes at a 50/50 ratio with male students, but we know from current statistics that when we graduate, we will step onto a vertical playing field. Recent DGA statistics show that over 95% of feature films are directed by men, and 88% of episodic TV shows are directed by men. That’s not fair and it’s not legal.
We women film students know that the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, protects equal employment opportunity for all Americans. Women directors are discriminated against and American studios and networks are breaking the law.
We know that the Directors Guild of America is the primary organization in the film & TV industry that is charged with overseeing lawful studio compliance of DGA-studio agreements to hire more women, yet in two decades the numbers have not changed.
Media is America’s most influential global export, changing peoples’ lives everywhere, but women’s voices are silenced where it counts most: in the ways America speaks to the world. Women make up 51% of the population in America. We are not a minority.
As the labor union that protects the creative and economic rights of America’s directors of film, television, and new media, we women film students ask you to immediately begin creating the change that will provide us, the next generation of American filmmakers, with a fighting chance for employment equality in the U.S. entertainment industry.
Equality is our right, and creating gender balance for women directors is your duty!