The University of Idaho Women’s Center is thrilled to have been selected as the Moscow Food Co-op’s “Dime in Time” recipient for August 2015. The funds will be used to support a monthly women’s film series in Spring 2016, in partnership with one of our longtime community collaborators, the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre.
This program offers an exciting opportunity to promote the achievements of women in film, and share with our Moscow community the unique stories, struggles, and experiences of women. Women are desperately underrepresented in the film industry—as main protagonists, as directors, as screenwriters, and as critics.
According to the New York Film Academy, women purchase more than half of all movie tickets sold in the U.S., but less than 31% of speaking characters in the top 500 highest-grossing films are women. Women comprise only 9% of directors, and only one female director has ever won an Academy Award for Best Film. In 2013, the top 10 highest-paid actresses made a collective $181 million, versus the $465 million made by the top 10 male actors. Clearly, gender inequality is rampant within the film industry. We still have lots of work to do.
Our goal in sponsoring a women’s film series at the Kenworthy from January to April 2016 is to promote and celebrate the creative work of women, in addition to screening limited distribution films that touch on salient issues faced by our community. Films have yet to be selected for the entire spring, but we hope to launch our series in January 2016 with a fundraising screening of the soon-to-be-released drama “Suffragette,” starring Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter.
The Women’s Center and the Moscow Food Co-op both advocate for the well-being, and development of our community. The Co-op focuses on our community’s physical and environmental health; the Women’s Center aims to complement this with development of intellectual, social, and conscience-building opportunities for all. We offer programs and services that educate, support, and advocate for members of the campus and local community in an effort to empower everyone to fully participate in an equitable society. Funds received from the “Dime in Time” program will provide a unique opportunity to enhance our long-standing university-community collaboration, and bring some amazing films to Moscow!
If you have suggestions for films you think we should screen as part of the series, please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And stay tuned for updates on our line-up! For more information about this film series and the Women’s Center, please visit our website at www.uidaho.edu/womenscenter.