Gender equality in the movie industry has been a hot topic over the last year, and now, a group of Hollywood hotshots are taking matters into their own hands.
According to Deadline, actresses Jessica Chastain, Queen Latifah, Frieda Pinto and Juliette Binoche, along with Ziyi Zhang and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, are banding together as members of the advisory board of a new non-profit called We Do It Together.
The organization reportedly hopes to finance and produce various types of content, including films, documentaries, and television shows, that is specifically targeted at empowering women.
The report adds that the company’s debut is an answer to last fall’s investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that revealed female directors faced staunch discrimination in film and television, as they only held 16 percent directing jobs for TV and 5 percent for major studio films.
Like many other A-list actresses, Chastain, 38, has been candid with her opinion on gender discrimination in Hollywood, telling Variety in an October interview, “There’s no excuse.”
“There’s not reason why [an actress such as Lawrence] should be doing a film with other actors and get paid less than her male co-stars,” the Martian star added. “It s completely unfair. It’s not right. It’s been happening for years and years. I think it’s brave to about it. I think everyone should talk about it.”
More than that, Chastain, along with the other women on the board, are done talking about it – they’re doing something about it.