It wants the government to investigate.
The ACLU hopes both the U.S. government and the state government can take a look at the problem; agencies it’s contacting include the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.
“A look at top-grossing films for the last 12 years shows that only 4 percent have been directed by women,” according to two ACLU bloggers. “The television picture is not much better. Last year, a stunning 70 network shows — nearly a third — hired no women directors at all.”
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Among the problems, according to the ACLU, is word-of-mouth recruiting, which they say results in “shutting women out of jobs.”
It’s using the hashtag #FilmEquality and the website aclusocal.org/filmequality, where it’s posting its letters to the government, press releases, and is soliciting stories from women who’ve experienced discrimination.