American actress Julianne Moore said Wednesday that she supports implementing gender quotas as a way to bring parity to the film industry, The Associated Press reported.
“We will have to make major changes to reach parity. That’s just a fact. So, I do believe in quotas. I really do,” Moore said during an event at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival. “I believe in trying to level the playing field for everybody regardless of their gender or their culture or ethnicity. You have to open doors.”
The actress spoke at the Mastercard MasterClass event titled, “See Life Through A Different Lens,” alongside Xavier Dolan and Werner Herzog.
What else did the actress say?
Moore told attendees that women make up about half of the world’s population and that greater efforts are needed to restore gender balance.
“We will not have gender parity unless everybody is cooperating. Women are not a special interest group. We’re 52 percent of the global population,” she said, according to the AP. “In order to restore the balance, I do think that there will be, that we will need some measures to change our culture.”
In January, “The Celluloid Ceiling” study showed that women directed 8 percent of the top 250 movies at the U.S. box office last year. That percentage was down from 11 percent in 2017, according to the 21st annual report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film.
Are gender quotas a thing in the film industry?
Gender quotas are reportedly more common in European countries where public money is commonly used to support filmmaking. For example, public funds are allocated equally between men and women filmmakers in Sweden, Norway, Ireland, and the British Film Institute, the AP reported.
There’s been little discussion about implementing gender quotas in the U.S. film industry.
Moore is currently stars in Oscar-winning Director Luca Guadagnino’s short film, “The Staggering Girl.” The film is playing in the Directors’ Fortnight section.