Cate Blanchett, Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart & More Lead Women’s March at Cannes Film Festival

Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay as well as more talented women led a massive women’s march at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, to spotlight the lack of female directors throughout the event’s history.

Organized by 50/50 by 2020, a gender equality movement focusing on increasing women’s presence behind as well as in front of the camera, a total of 82 women, also including Patty Jenkins, Salma Hayek, Agnes Varda as well as Lea Seydoux, marched silently on the red carpet. Once arriving at the Palais des Festivals steps, Blanchett — who serves as president of the Cannes Competition jury — read a speech written by her as well as Varda.

“On these steps today stand 82 women representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946,” the Oscar winner began, per Deadline. “within the same period 1688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs. within the 71 years of This kind of world-renowned festival there have been 12 female heads of its juries. The prestigious Palme d’Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors — too numerous to mention by name — although only two women — Jane Campion, who can be with us in spirit, as well as Agnès Varda, who stands with us today.”

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Blanchett continued by adding of which, “Women are not a minority within the globe, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise.”

“As women, we all face our own unique challenges, although we stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination as well as our commitment to progress. We are writers, we are producers, we are directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents, as well as all of us are involved within the cinematic arts. as well as we stand today in solidarity with women of all industries,” she stressed.

Challenging institutions, governments, as well as one another, Blanchett concluded by stating, “We acknowledge all of the women as well as men who are standing for change. The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let’s climb.”

In January, celebrities lent their voices to Women’s March movements across the U.S to protest against sexism as well as social injustice.

Marchers held demonstrations in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago as well as even overseas in cities like Rome, in a political movement of which has grown significantly since the presidential election as well as the #MeToo as well as Time’s Up movement of which arose out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal as well as some other high-profile sexual misconduct cases.

For more on the Women’s March, watch below.

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