The Women of Hollywood Speak Out: Our Favorite Quotes

Maureen Dowd interviewed over 100 women about the insidious sexism that pervades Hollywood: Here are a few of our favorite quotations from her reporting. (Full story: http://nyti.ms/1OWCsaW)
  1. Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes)
    “Truly creative things happen when one thinks differently, yet nobody wants to think differently.”
  2. Lena Dunham (@lenadunham)
    "The thing that’s so hard is, most of the female directors I know are spending a significant amount of their lives waiting around."
  3. Miranda July (‘‘Me and You and Everyone We Know,’’ ‘‘The Future’’)
    “My husband is shooting a movie, and our son is 3, and everyone around him is not going, ‘Oh, my god, what are you going to do with your son?’ We give fathers all kinds of permission to focus on their work, to be creatively consumed, but mothers with that same determination make everyone uneasy. The guilt is unreal.”
  4. Helen Hunt ("Then She Found Me," "Ride")
    “I think it’s worse than 10 years ago, so we can’t even tell ourselves it’s slowly evolving.’’
  5. Anjelica Huston (“Bastard Out of Carolina,” “Agnes Browne”)
    “It’s kind of like the church. They don’t want us to be priests. They want us to be obedient nuns."
  6. Frankie Shaw ("SMILF")
    "It’s white men hiring white men to tell stories about white men."
  7. Rose McGowan ("Dawn")
    "My message to the upper-class white men hanging onto this sinking ship: Your slate is 30 more superhero movies. If you’re going to steal power and hold onto it with an iron grip, at least be interesting about it."
  8. Karyn Kusama (Girlfight,’’ ‘‘Aeon Flux,’’ ‘‘Jennifer’s Body,’’ “The Man in the High Castle”)
    "I’m so fatigued by this superhero mythology and the notion that one guy with a cape who can fly is going to save the world. It’s so completely juvenile."
  9. Maggie Carey ("The To Do List")
    “That’s another layer to the conversation — being a parent in Hollywood. While my kids are young, I am absolutely less aggressive in my career, because I aggressively want to be a mom. I’m more selective with my projects — and in the long run, that will be good for my career.:
  10. Dee Rees ("Pariah," "Bessie")
    "A big part of getting a ‘shot’ is about studio execs seeing themselves in you. As a woman and a black filmmaker, I’m often not that person."
  11. Denise Di Novi ("Heathers," "Edward Scissorhands," "Unforgettable")
    "You’d have to go to forklifters to find a lower percentage of females — 99 percent of people on my crew have never worked with a female director. A woman who’d been working as an extra for 30 years was on my set and told me: ‘I just want to tell you, right on, sister. Do you know how nice it is just to see a woman in charge?’ I kind of got teary."
  12. Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette," "Sleeping With Other People")
    “Maybe even to the great men, a woman directing is like a dog playing the piano: at best, a novelty or fad; at worst, an aberration.”
  13. Lucy Fisher
    “I used to assume that Hollywood would let anyone who could make them money get behind the wheel. But now I think there is some deep-seated aversion to letting women drive.”
  14. Amy Heckerling ("Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Clueless")
    "I can’t stand most of the movies marketed to women. They are all about finding guys and weddings, weddings, weddings. I don’t care about weddings."
  15. Dana Calvo ("Narcos," "Good Girls Revolt")
    "They keep pointing to a few female action heroes and saying they love strong women. But digging Lara Croft doesn’t mean you’re a feminist. It means you’re a straight guy."
  16. Patricia Riggen ("Girl in Progress," "The 33")
    "The idea that women don’t like each other or undermine or sabotage each other is a big myth. It is not true at all. Smart women connect with each other instantly and help one another."
  17. Jill Soloway ("Transparent")
    "I’m always proselytizing to women, ‘You know how to do this.’ It’s almost so simple, I feel like Dorothy. I had the ruby slippers all along."
  18. Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give,” “Enough Said”)
    "I don’t want to be called a female director. I want to be called a thin director."