It is thought by many that the issue around the mis-/underrepresentation of women in film and television is a new phenomenon. However, that is far from the truth. At the 1969 Oscars, five fabulous actresses stood on stage complaining about the paucity of female roles in the films nominated for the Best Directing award. “This year the nominated directors have done their best to make female stars obsolete. Only one of the four even had a lady star in his picture,” says Jane Fonda, Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood. Ingrid Bergman and Diahann Carroll then proceed to mention that the female role in the nominated film, Romeo & Juliet, was a teenage newcomer, while the biggest female part in Oliver sang two songs and “got choked for her troubles”.
Wow! What girl power!