Terry Dresbach

Outlander Costume Designer

Fantastic Piece About Women in Hollywood


This is mainly about top brass and actors, but if you trickle down, you’ll have an idea what it is like for the women on the crew, who work behind the camera. Keep shining lights into the dark corners.


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7 thoughts on “Fantastic Piece About Women in Hollywood

  1. Purl99Purl99

    Its across the board in all industries…however…the movie/TV industry is difficult to enter whether you are male or female and then to realize its that bad…Sigh…..

  2. Katiscotch22Katiscotch22

    Women are still not on an equal footing with men in most industries. The film/TV industry seems to be much further behind most other sectors of business. One day, hopefully it will change – probably not in my lifetime :/

  3. JulieCJulieC

    This is such an important issue!

    I grew up believing I could do whatever I set my mind to. I studied hard, work even harder and “lean in” so much I feel I’m falling over. “Life is not fair” remains a lesson I accept begrudgingly. Part of the solution is to start young; we must continue to give positive images and messages to girls. I want my niece to study science and maths and to speak up like I have. I want her to not care about what others think of her. I also want her to learn from my mistakes so that she can go even further.

    In an ideal world, I would remove references to gender in popular culture (“for women” and the use of pink as a shorthand for “female” make me cringe). Don’t get me wrong: I’m not calling for asexuality. I would just let the work speak for itself. I would recognize an individual’s talent, not their sex in press releases. But that’s the idealistic, naive me… Eventually the generation that feels threatened by intelligent, competent people – regardless of their gender or race – will fizzle out. I believe it will be replaced by a more open minded one that will embrace the differences (hey, I grew up watching Star Trek where it seemed to work better than what we have now…).

    I am apparently a role model for some of my female peers. I therefore bang my head on the glass ceiling to make it crack. I continue to be the best I can be and fight a good fight, for as long as I can. If I get to benefit along the way – even though it takes me longer than the men I work with – so be it. If not, I hope it will have served the next generation well. At least I can sleep well knowing I tried.

  4. Avatarannalapping

    That was an eye opening article. I knew it existed, but not to that extent. Particularly disturbing were the two graphs which showed the top 10 male/female values for pay in movies and TV. Shocking! Way worse than in other fields.

  5. euromandyeuromandy

    I am a woman working in film production (costumes) and it is pretty shocking. But conversely it’s something that’s so the norm that I’m never surprised to be one of the only women on set. On my last film even the costume department was over 50% male. In the last 6 or 7 years working on all manner of projects, blockbusters, indie’s and TV, I’ve never worked with a woman director, or even a first AD. Hollywood gets the rap of being so progressive and full of liberals and the like, and that may be true of ACTORS, but this is the reality: at the top it’s a serious good old boys club. The majority of things are no longer shot in L.A. and there is even a stigma about that, you get treated differently if you’re from Atlanta or Baltimore, or anywhere not L.A. The industry has gone through a lot of changes and much like other media, there’s a panicked grasping at “how things have always been done.” There’s still a lot of work to do. I love HBO’s new fellowship idea, I hope it works well.

  6. AvatarPogonip

    Could this be partly why the movie industry is in trouble? I can hardly recall the last time I went to see a movie. I wait until it’s on television, or I rent or buy a copy to watch at home. There used to be a little theater here with couches, tables, wait staff, that I liked. The lights came on between films so you could see where you were going, what you were sitting in, and it was clean! Spotless. But I still prefer to watch at home, in comfort. I also like to be able to set my own intermissions. The industry is troubled, television is competing successfully, and in many cases, keeping movies going by showing them on television.

    In 1959, two other women and I became the first female officers in the Dade County Sheriff’s Department. In 1978, I was the first Parole & Probation Officer in the State of Nevada to become pregnant and remain on the job. Over the past 50+ years, there have been many “firsts” and most of them did not come easily, women had to stand up, fight, sometimes go to court, always remain steadfast. Other women did not always support our efforts, often they were the most vocal of opponents, but we have made progress. My time is past, but women must continue the struggle. It’s not easy, I know that. But it is a legacy for our children, grandchildren, and future generations into the future.

    Women in the entertainment industry must form alliances, must demand equality, must risk security and the loss of friends, because that’s how you get respect, and fair treatment. The bottom line here is not really about money and prestige, it’s about respect.

    1. Purl99Purl99

      I haven’t been to a movie theater in over 10+ years. I have a small screen and projector in my home and still do not watch movies…Hahha! I chalk it up to the quality of the movies being produced in Hollywood. They are either incipit or just plain crap.

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