Much has been made of the role of women in cinema. There’s been controversy surrounding gender inequality both on and around the silver screen, with megastar Jennifer Lawrence penning an essay asking why she was paid less than her male co-stars, despite the fact that she’s, well, much more famous than they are. It’s a question worth asking, and it got us thinking quite a bit about how the fairer sex fits into Hollywood life, especially in regards to their representation on-screen.
It goes without saying that women in Hollywood should be paid just as much as their male counterparts, but what we really want to see is more women given strong, empowering roles that accurately represent what contemporary women are going through and what they’re capable of. That’s why we’ve taken some time to pull together 10 of the biggest badasses in the history of cinema (and a little bit of television; sorry, we couldn’t help it), all of whom happen to be women. We feel the need to communicate that we were extremely disappointed in the overall quantity (although not the quality, as these characters and the actresses who play them are all exceptional) of strong women made available for selection; it’s our sincere hope that whoever is running things in Los Angeles wakes up and starts giving women the opportunities and the roles they deserve.