When Netflix launched Jessica Jones – a series based on the Marvel Comic book character who opens a detective agency after the end of her superhero career – ELLE applauded at the sight of a strong, multidimensional female protagonist who was both tough and intelligent and worked alongside women to fight evil.
But, our applause has just been turned up a notch because the show's show runner and executive producer has announced that they will only hire female directors for the up-coming second series.
Speaking at a panel discussion titled 'Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment' at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on Friday, Melissa Rosenberg announced the all-female directing landmark decision came out of a desire to show Marvel fans that the team behind the show are committed to female empowerment both in front and behind the camera.
The news comes a month after media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Selma director Ava DuVernay's announced the first season of their show Queen Sugar would be directed exclusively by female directors.
At the time, DuVernay told USA Today: 'When it turned into 13 [episodes], I thought we had to bring in other women who would be able to capture what I was hoping to capture. I looked at the list of films and filmmakers I've loved over the past few years and invited them. These women had wanted to work in TV, but were not hired for any episodes before Queen Sugar.'
We couldn't be happier to see the industry taking practical steps to address the sexist imbalance of male-to-female directors in television and cinema.
Bring it on.