The incredible female directors who changed cinema
Auspicious auteurs who pushed the art form forward
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It's no secret that filmmaking has been a male-dominated, often sexist, industry for most of its history. Thankfully, that's been changing in recent years, with systemic changes being made that are making the industry more transparent, more inclusive, and safer. There is still a long way to go, but as incredible filmmakers, screenwriters, producers, and directors like Sofia Coppola, Greta Gerwig, and Chloé Zhao continue to receive the power and attention they deserve, the future is beginning to look bright. Of course, women have a long history in film, and although the due credit was rarely given at the time, women have nearly always been on the cutting edge of the art form. Some of the greatest pioneers in filmmaking have been women, and knowing their stories and bodies of work doesn't shed light on just the history of women in film, but the history of film in general.
Read on to learn about some of the most influential and wonderful women to have ever gotten behind the camera.