Keira Knightley talks gender imbalance in Hollywood

‘Where are the female stories?’

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Keira Knightley has opened up about gender inequality in Hollywood.

Speaking in conversation with Amanda de Cadenet for Violet magazine, the Oscar nominated star questions the lack of female presence in the film industry.

‘Where are the female stories? Where are they? Where are the directors, where are the writers?’ She says. ‘It’s imbalanced, so given that we are half the cinema-going public, we are half the people [who] watch drama or watch anything else, where is that? So yes, I think the pay is a huge thing, but I’m actually more concerned over the lack of our voices being heard.’
“I think it is interesting that for women in film, the problems they face are generally put into the sphere of home and family and not into the workplace,” she continues.

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Former ELLE cover girl Knightley also discusses her views on feminism in the interview, saying: ‘I don’t know what happened through the ’80s,’90s, and ’00s that took feminism off the table, that made it something that women weren’t supposed to identify with and were supposed to be ashamed of. Feminism is about the fight for equality between the sexes, with equal respect, equal pay, and equal opportunity. At the moment we are still a long way off that.’

Whilst we don't have gender equality yet, with high profile, successful women like Keira Knightley putting the issue on the map and on the conversational agenda, it's only a matter of time until we do.

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