According to Variety, Queen Latifah, Jessica Chastain, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Hardwicke have launched the non-profit organization, We Do It Together, aiming to produce films and TV that empower women where ALL of the content that will be developed, will be by and about women.
Earlier this week, a study was released by The Women’s Media Center (WMC) that shed a light on how deep the “epidemic of invisibility” runs within the Hollywood landscape for women, and has added even more fuel behind the ongoing discussion surrounding the lack of inclusion within the walls of Hollywood. This study shows that women have accounted for just 19% of all non-acting Oscar nominations which provides statistical evidence that men dominate all categories that represent the highest levels of decision making power. In 19 non-acting categories, including producing, writing, directing, costume design, and cinematography, women have only received 327 nominations in a decade while men have earned 1,387.
The Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism also released a study showing that women make up only 15.2% of directors, 28.9% of writers, and 22.6% of series creators in television.
“Film has always possessed the power to defy convention and change hearts and minds, and this power and potential must be harnessed to challenge the current archaic norms related to women within the entertainment industry. We feel that the way to make this a reality is to give women from around the world a concrete way to express themselves and an on-going structure that will ensure that these stories will be financed and distributed.” – Chiara Tilesi, We Do It Together Founder, Board Member
We Do It Together is scheduled to announce the first film in May at the Cannes Film Festival, and the organization will participate at the United Nations’ Third Annual Power of Collaboration Global Summit on February 29th.