Take Note Nicki: 10 Famous Feminists Who Use Their Platforms To Uplift Other Women

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Ava DuVernay

As one of the very few black female A-list directors in Hollywood, Ava DuVernay has made it her commitment to advocate for the diversity and inclusivity of women in the entertainment industry. Take a quick look at her work and you’ll see a collection of strong female characters that take on the men they encounter head-on and she has more women working behind the scenes than any other director.

In 2015, she voiced her displeasure at Hollywood continuing to overlook qualified female directors in favor of men with far less experience:

“You mean to tell me that there are no women who might have already made a film who might have been worth talking to for The Flash,” DuVernay says. “You’re a major studio saying, It doesn’t matter if you have experience or not, we still want him. I don’t know that guy, and he’s probably the greatest guy, but as a woman filmmaker, I have to think, what does that say about that choice? It’s always the young, cool hipster white guy. Always.”

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