In the age of #MeToo, girls within the arts are being listened to and celebrated like by no means earlier than. They’re making artwork that adjustments the world, preventing the feminine gaze, and holding highly effective males to account.
However, there’s nonetheless an extensive technique to go. This year’s Oscars have been extensively criticized for snubbing female directors comparable to Greta Gerwig and Marielle Heller, and the lack of nominations for women on the Brit Awards was branded an “absolute shame.”
France’s Cesar Awards, in the meantime, made headlines after convicted intercourse offender Roman Polanski was named Greatest Director. His win prompted walkouts with actor Adèle Haenel shouting “disgrace!” as she left the ceremony.
And simply final month, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape; however, a lot of his victims had been left disenchanted that he was acquitted of essentially the most severe prices made towards him.
In 2020, International Women’s Day is extra essential than ever and encourages us to applaud the ladies in our lives and try for more progress.
To mark the day, we spoke to ladies within the arts who impressed us, from actors Kristin Scott Thomas and Kathy Burke and musicians Ella Eyre and Anna Calvi to authors Tayari Jones and Sophie Mackintosh.
“Seeing my first, unpublished novel rejected by over 40 publishers, however writing one other one anyway” – Sophie Mackintosh, writer of Blue Ticket and The Water Treatment, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018
“Childbirth” – Priyanga Burford, star of Press and The Thick of It “Being a black feminine debut writer” – Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie
“I used to stroll right into a room full of individuals. I might discover it intimidating; I used to be shy. However, now, while this stays difficult, I’ve extra belief in myself and have discovered the instruments to face this head-on” – Kristin Scott Thomas, star of Military Wives, in cinemas now.