In honor of Women's History Month (March) someone sent me a link to an article about female movie directors. Women in film making have had quite the challenges going from just being some sort of eye candy on the screen to being blockbuster producers, directors, writers, and bona fide stars (in roles of substance). The article noted that 2015 was a big step forward for women in film making and shared a list of the top 10 movies directed (and in many cases written) by women.
There was no mention of females as producers in this article, but I suspect that 2015 saw some big jumps in that regard as well. I myself am always looking for the best in people and have no reason to say that I have encountered a bias against me as an executive producer. However, I can say that twice in the past year I was asked if I had any business partners and then the investors added, "you know, some experienced men." When I asked what they meant they very quickly changed that "experienced people" but the point was already out there and well noted.
Personally, I don't care. I am proud to say that I have a vision and that nothing is going to deter me from that. Anyone who narrows his/her professional associations to a specific gender, race, culture, etc. is doing just that--narrowing. If limited options are the way that you want to live your life, by all means that is your prerogative. But if you want to live life to the fullest and be a part of amazing things.....well, being narrow just isn't going to serve you well.
If you want to read the article, you can find it at: http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/the-10-best-women-directed-films-of-2015-20151215
Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.