The ACLU Wants the U.S. Government to Combat Sexism in Hollywood

TIME

The American Civil Liberties Union is targeting sexism in Hollywood, and it wants the government to step in and help.

Only 7% of the top 250 grossing films in 2014 were directed by women—two percentage points lower than in 1998, according to the annual Celluloid Ceiling report conducted by San Diego State University. The organization believes systematic gender bias is to blame.

“Many of these women directors have been told that they ‘can’t be trusted with money’ by studio executives,” says Ariela Migdal, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU. “This isn’t just about stereotypes and implicit bias, it’s about blatant discrimination. We heard over and over again from female directors that they’ve been told, ‘This show is too hard for women’ or ‘You can’t do this movie, it’s action’—this to women who have directed plenty of action.”

So on Tuesday, the ACLU sent letters to three federal organizations charged…

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