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Female Directors Ramp Up Call For DGA To Improve Benefits For Moms And Families

Female directors ramp up call for DGA to improve benefits for moms and families

24.1.2020

Female directors ramp up call for DGA to improve benefits for moms and families

With the Directors Guild prepping for Saturday’s DGA Awards, more than 50 female helmers and actors including Ava DuVernay, Greta Gerwig, Olivia Wilde, Reed Morano, Brie Larson, Jill Soloway,…

Here’s the letter: To the Board of the DGA, I joined the DGA in 2017 while co-directing the Netflix series Flint Town with my partner. I was pregnant at the time and worked until the day I gave birth. However, after the birth of my daughter it was necessary that I take some time to care for her and recover physically. My partner was not faced with quite the same physical pressures. That first year, while my partner retained his yearly minimum, I did not. I needed to switch to Cobra with enormous monthly fees while he retained his healthcare. Because my directing partner is also our child’s father, I was able to see in such a clear way the ways that having a child impacted me and not him, even though we were similarly situated. Since then, I’ve spoken to other members of the DGA who have had similar experiences. As it stands, the DGA offers no form of leave for women in the lead-up and following child birth. In order to retain benefits, all members must reach a yearly minimum. Women, being underrepresented in this field, are already at a disadvantage towards reaching these minimums. To state the obvious, directing is a rigorous, intensive endeavor, often taking place away from home. Pregnant women are not allowed to travel until their final trimester, putting them at a disadvantage from the start. Add to this the stigma of applying for directing jobs while visibly pregnant. Subsequently, women are penalized for having children in a way that their male counterparts are not. Failure to meet yearly minimums introduces economic and health care insecurity when it could be argued that it is needed most. And, importantly, a lack of maternity leave will continue to be an obstacle in achieving parity in the field of directing unless corrected. It is imperative that in this moment of such positive gains that we work to clear this obstacle. Over the past several years major strides towards inclusivity have been made. The DGA diversity report released in November shows that women directing episodic television rose to a record of 31%, more than doubling the last five years. 2020 is forecasted to continue in this positive direction and it is both encouraging and timely that these changes are happening. The right to maternity leave is part of an important national discussion and ranks as the most important benefit to workers. Implementing forms of maternity leave will increasingly become the norm, and this gives the DGA an opportunity to put their efforts behind their stated goals of gender equality and will provide a reputation boosting moment when implemented. Here is our ask. New mothers should be afforded additional time to make their yearly minimum in the year that they give birth. This provides new parents the opportunity to take the time they need to physically care for their child as well as recover and recuperate. Women will return to their work better equipped to handle the challenges of balancing parenting and work and better equipped to delve into their future projects. This should apply for adoptive parents as well. At its core, we know that this isn’t just about numbers. Numbers matter. They show us how great the gap has been. But ultimately, this is about spaces for stories that stretch beyond a single perspective. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Jessica Dimmock, Director Alma Har’el, Director and founder of Free the Work Brooke Posch, Partner at Jax Media Lilly Burns, Director and co-founder of Jax Media and Read more: Deadline Hollywood

I agree with what they’re going for but I think it also shows the double standard and sexism towards men that nobody is saying men deserve these changes aswell. It’s reinforcing the false notion fathers don’t need to be there and don’t do anything. no improvements for dads and families?

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Hollywood Women Push Directors Guild for Better Parental BenefitsSome 50 Hollywood women, among them Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Ava DuVernay, Greta Gerwig, Kerry Washington and Lena Waithe, are urging the Directors Guild to change its policy for parental benefits ELLEmagazine washingtonpost washingtonpost JudicialWatch MeishaPJohnson THR I think I would say that parental benefits remain negligible, not that 'Parental benefits . . . remains negligible.' Unless benefits is somehow a collective noun, which I doubt. One doesn't say 'the benefits at my job is good.' caraNYT Thanks for the interesting article



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