I’ve watched the numerous awards shows that are broadcast every year to celebrate great achievements made by the Hollywood institution and have found it hard to ignore the fact that it’s always men. Men everywhere, for all of the awards (I know, not all. But mega-most). While I’m sure those men are very hardworking, dedicated artists, I miss the women! So for a refreshing reminder that there were and are, in fact, real life Career Girls reigning in the entertainment industry, here are some powerful names and faces – and a few cool things they’ve said!
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Kathryn Bigelow: Director, producer, write
Known for: Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, Point Break
“I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It’s irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there’s just not the awareness that it’s really possible. It is” (Interview via The Tech).
Diablo Cody: Screenwriter, producer, director
Known for: Juno, United States of Tara, Young Adult
“There are so few good roles for women out there and I give them an opportunity to do a different kind of character” – which means writing roles in which women “get to do more than play Adam Sandler‘s wife” (Interview via The Guardian).
Nora Ephron: Screenwriter, director, journalist, playwright
Known for: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia
“Above all, be the heroine in your life, not the victim.”
Queens of Comedy
(aka: Women who we wish were our best friends.)
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Known for: Girls, Tiny Furniture, author of Not That Kind of Girl
“All the time you spend being jealous of other people is time you’re not spending focusing on your own vision.”
Known for: Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Baby Mama, author of Yes Please
“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”
Known for: Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, Mean Girls, author of Bossypants
“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
Known for: The Office, The Mindy Project, author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
“If you don’t see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself.”
Known for: New Girl, Elf, (500) Days of Summer, Yes Man
“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy-washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affect by things.”
Who are some of your favorite women in Hollywood, behind or in front of the camera?
(Feature image via c7nema)