by Emma Robson

Eighty-six people have received the Academy Award for Best Directing. Only one of these people is a woman. As a female film student, I am terrified by this. In light of recent events (looking at you, Harvey), I have been reflecting on my career path, and whether or not I have what it takes to establish myself in such a male-driven industry. But I realized that this doubt is exactly what will hold me back. Am I scared? Absolutely. Will I go for it anyway? Absolutely.

My dream of directing is not impossible. Currently, under ten percent of top-grossing films in the United States are directed by women. I have taken on the personal responsibility of supporting female filmmakers in an effort to grow this number, and you should too. Girls have been making some pretty awesome stuff recently, but so much of it is hardly seen. So for your next movie night, I dare you to broaden your horizons and search for a female director. Here are some of my personal favorites:

The Virgin Suicides: Sofia Coppola’s first movie illustrates the dangers of objectifying and idolizing teenage girls, and it does so with serious style. Plus, Kirsten Dunst as Lux Lisbon is the most convincing manic pixie dream girl you will ever see.

Lady Bird: Directed by Greta Gerwig, this coming-of-age film has impressed just about every critic in the game, and I have a feeling it will impress you too when it hits theaters on November 3rd.

Detroit: Kathryn Bigelow won the Oscar for Best Directing in 2007 with The Hurt Locker, and she’s back this year with Detroit, which pushes all kinds of boundaries with its intense message about racism.

The Intern: If I were to describe Nancy Meyers’ most recent work in one word it would be charming. Robert De Niro’s character is inspirationally curious and adorably eager, and Anne Hathaway is the picture of sophistication, passion, and girl power.

Enough Said: Nicole Holofcener impressed critics and audiences alike with Enough Said in 2013. This rom com will be the perfect feature for your next girls night in. It’s hilarious, adorable, and undeniably raw.

Wonder Woman: Everyone and their mom was talking about Wonder Woman when it blew up the box office this summer. While Gal Gadot inspired girls everywhere on screen, Patty Jenkins made groundbreaking history by directing a successful superhero movie, fight scenes and all. Doing this as a girl makes Jenkins her own kind of hero.


Emma Robson is a sophomore from Tulsa, OK majoring in creative media at The University of Alabama. She was instantly drawn to T+D’s platform and contacted the team shortly after the blog’s launch. Influenced by her interest and background in media, Emma was inspired to get involved with T+D as a contributor for all things feminism and pop culture. 

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