Ron Hall "YA: Raising Up New Heroes" panel. Left to right: Lucy Fisher (producer, Divergent), Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter, Twilight saga), Rachel Kimbrough (moderator)
The leader of the free world may be an African American man, but we're hardly in a post-racial society. A woman may have won the Academy Award for directing (an action movie!) in 2009, but women are still severely underrepresented in the entertainment industry both on screen and behind the scenes.
This past weekend, Pepperdine University Law School's Straus institute for Dispute Resolution hosted the Women in Hollywood Conference. Over two hundred attendees flocked to hear successful women panelists speak about their experiences negotiating the system and how to tackle the challenges ahead.
"While overt sexism has been eradicated, it hasn't been pulled out by the roots," advised TV writer-producer, Nell Scovell, who also co-authored Lean In with Sheryl Sandberg. "It's like they botoxed the entire women's movement. We're frozen and we can't even look surprised."More »