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What It Looks Like When Women Make Movies

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 26, 2018 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | April 26, 2018 |


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When we talk about female representation, we often talk about how it’s important for girls to see women doing what they aspire to do. As Geena Davis says, “If they can see it, they can be it.” This is why the conversation around female characters on film and television and even of Barbie is so weighted. Beyond this, when women are behind the camera shaping stories that are uniquely their own, it’s crucial that we see that too. It’s all too easy to think of Hollywood as a boys club and overlook the incredible women who are fighting for their place—and their films—in the midst of it.

So here, we offer a round-up of images of female directors, kicked off above with a shot from 1910, showing Alice Guy-Blache, a director, producer, and screenwriter who was one of the very first to use the invention of film to tell stories. Essentially, she’s one of the pioneers of the medium of film itself.

Below are a few of the talented women who followed in Guy-Blache’s footsteps.



In researching this piece, I came across the Twitter account Women and Cameras, which offers a near daily dose of film history and inspiration. Check ‘em out.

Did we miss a pic of your favorite female director at work? Share it in comments.



Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter, and hear her sound off about movies and feminism on the Slashfilmcast.


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