Backwards and in Heels ─ women in film and their struggle against bias
“…but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he (Fred Astaire) did, backwards and in high heels." - Bob Thaves
Women in film: When it comes to early Hollywood and the women who worked in it, it can be tough to sort out the exact truth. That’s where film reporter and critic Alicia Malone comes in. In her book, Backwards and in Heels, Malone builds on her experience within the industry to examine the torturous road that has led to the uneasy Hollywood climate of today. Wage gaps and bias in selecting leading roles are only some of the issues faced by women in film.
Bias against women in Hollywood: Throughout the history of Hollywood, women have been at the forefront of its success. Starting with Nickelodeons and moving into feature films, crossing between silent flicks to summer blockbusters, women in Hollywood have done it all. Female writers, actors, and women directors and producers were essential in the booming success of the industry during the 20s and 30s. Yet, they’ve never received the respect they deserve. This story of gender inequality is all too familiar. And it needs to end!
Thousands of women in film are standing up to Hollywood injustice: Join Malone as she champions Hollywood women of the past, present and future in the hopes of leveling out the field. Some of the women in film who are standing up to Hollywood injustice include:
• Jennifer Lawrence
• Emma Watson
• Mila Kunis
• Emmy Rossum
• Jessica Chastain
• and, Lena Dunham
Inspiring biographies of women who make movies
With the success of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman and the rise of the MeToo movement, women creators in film are more important than ever.
Movies with a female perspective: You may have heard the term “male gaze,” coined in the 1970s to talk about what happens to viewers when the majority of art and entertainment has been made by the one gender perspective. So, what about the opposite? Women have been making movies since the very beginning of cinema. What does the world look like through the “female gaze”?
Movies made by women: The Female Gaze comprises of a list detailing the essential movies from the past and present made by women. It delves into what the female perspective gives to each of the films.
A collection of fascinating biographies: Discover brilliantly talented and accomplished women filmmakers, both world renowned and obscure, who have shaped the film industry in ways rarely fully acknowledged. Learn about the hidden figures of filmmaking and about the acclaimed luminaries of the past and present.
Readers will learn:
- The accomplishments of numerous women in film such as Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, Kathryn Bigelow, Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig and more
- The lives of these women and the struggles they faced carving a place for themselves in the film industry
- How these women’s unique voices shaped the films they made and influenced all the film world
An essential movie list by women: The Female Gaze contains multiple mini-essays written by a variety of diverse female film critics, about a woman or a movie made by women that they love.
A guidebook for movie lovers who want to support women in film!