Written By: Lucy Wood 30/9/15
But insists that “women are just as guilty of discriminating against women”
As well as assisting in the defeat of the single darkest wizard of our age, Emma Watson is badass in many other ways. As founder of the now world famous movement #HeForShe, she’s become a prominent figure in championing gender equality, and after speaking recently about the issue within the fashion sector, she’s now turned her attention closer to home.
No, we don’t mean sexism at Hogwarts (although that IS very real, just ask Prof McGonagall).
Continuing her feminist campaign by getting real about the impact of sexism within the film industry, Emma has revealed that even as one of the most successful gals on the big screen, she’s still experienced first-hand how women are under-represented in the business.
Speaking openly to The Guardian about how she believes it to still a male-dominated field in 2015, Emma explained: “I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women. Of the producers I’ve worked with 13 have been male and only one has been a woman.
“[I’m] lucky: I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality. Most of the problems I have encountered have been in the media, where I have been treated so incredibly differently from my male co-stars.
“I think my work with the UN has probably made me even more aware of the problems. I went out for a work dinner recently. It was 7 men… and me.”
It’s incredibly frustrating that a woman could be overlooked for a gender neutral job position such as directing or producing, but Emma also went on to admit that females in film can be “incredibly prejudiced against each other” too.
“The men at the top often find it difficult to relate to a lot of the problems women face and therefore we aren’t taken very seriously,” she explained. “Yet, women are just as guilty of discriminating against women.”