Thursday, September 4, 2014

Infographic: The Diversity Gap in the Academy Awards

This infographic is a couple years old, but the basic message - there are not enough women and people of color, and especially women of color, in the movie industry - still holds. I was honestly shocked when I saw how segregated the Academy is; I did not expect the racial and sexual gap to be so stark. It's a vicious cycle, with producing and directing being a boys' club that just continues to perpetuate itself in how the hiring goes and what scripts are accepted and who is cast to play what roles. One can only hope that feminist activism in the movie industry will bring more diversity, and that sympathetic people in positions of power will use their influence for good.

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