Lincoln freed the slaves, and 100 years later Martin Luther King called on Americans to rectify the unjust practices directed against people of color. Since the 1970s, though, who speaks forcefully in defense of women’s right to co-decide the diverse, multi-layered image of women to be presented in film and on television?
I’m happy that the Golden Globes was enlivened by the humor of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; that a woman, Jodie Foster, was honored for her body of film work, and that the ode to a misfit, “Girls,” earned its awards. I’m less ecstatic that the number of woman-directed films leaped from 7 to 9 percent this year. It’s still an appallingly low figure.
As a member of the New York Women in Film and Television, I know there are creative, tenacious talented females with a rich variety of tales to tell that...