According to Linney: “As an actress in film, it is very easy to become isolated just due to the ratio of gender inequality that exists, rarely do you have a scene with other women, very few women are on the crew, and what few female executives arrive tend to keep to themselves.“
She then continued with: “It is a problem, it’s unhealthy, the slow pace of progress for women. And I believe has something to do with the slow pace of progress women are making, not only in their artistic lives, but especially in their business lives. The news about inequality in pay between men and women, whether in film or television, seems to be worse than it was twenty years ago.“
Laura wants women to unite, and stick together. We shouldn’t see each other as competition, but we should support each other, and make sure that we get to the top together. No woman should be left behind. A good idea according to Linney could be to reach out, and mentor a younger person. We should find a person who is lower on the career ladder, and give them a helping hand, a word of advice, or just encouragement in it’s purest form. Laura got visibly more energetic, and her passion was shining through, when she continued to deliver her Martin Luther Kingesque words of encouragement. She seemed unstoppable, and determined to tell the world how she feels.
Laura’s biggest point was to share past experiences with this younger generation. To make them feel heard, understood, and helped. This could be done during a lunch meeting or on a coffee run. Past mistakes could be great for this generation to learn from, and not repeat the same. A wealth of information can be found in our insights, and observations. It’s about cultivating, nurturing, and helping us all to grow, and move forward.
Linney had some company during Women in Film’s 40th anniversary celebration. Curiously enough they weren’t all women. George Lucas received the Nora Zarky Humanitarian Award, and probably sympathises with Linney’s cause. In addition Hailee Steinfeld, and Sofia Coppola also had their moments to shine. However Laura was the only nominee who showed her true passion, and delivered this inspired, Martin Luther Kingesque speech. Laura also has a dream, and in that dream women stick together, and make sure that we all have our moment in the spotlight. Either for a small audience, or a big one, but shine we shall!
By Georgina Pijttersen