The Women in Film CEO shared, “It's great that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been instrumental in bringing us all together today. To see the BFI, BAFTA, AMPAS and Women in Film all combining, fills me with hope for the future. Women have been marginalized for years in the film industry, but fantastic research has really shone a light on the extent of the imbalance. Transparency is a great driver of change and everyone here today is helping make that change happen.
“The more we know about the problems – the lack of women directors and composers, gender disproportion even in crowd scenes, pay inequality even in areas like wardrobe and makeup where women have traditionally dominated – the more we know about all this, the better able we are to change things. We are not a minority. We're more than half the world. Let's take our rightful place in that world.”
Dawn Hudson, AMPAS CEO, commented: “During the last several years the Academy has led the industry’s efforts in identifying, developing, and nurturing diverse talent – women representation on our Board is up threefold since 2011. We’re proud to join with Women in Film to connect female artists so they may benefit from one another’s experience, and, ultimately, strengthen the position of women in our film community.”
Swarovski has a long history of partnership with AMPAS, having illuminated the Academy Awards stage with more than 1.2 million crystals over the past ten years. Keeping in line with the brand’s initiative to promote women’s empowerment, Swarovski is proud to support AMPAS in celebrating women in film and encouraging gender equality across the industry.