“These facts are stark and undeniable. Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of our industry says otherwise. As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress. We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts. We stand in solidarity with women of all industries.”
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THR reported that the women then read a list of demands, which included calling for the industry to uphold laws of equal pay for equal work, provide transparency among executives, a safe work environment, diverse workplaces and representation in front of and behind the camera.
“We acknowledge all of the women and men who are standing for change,” they said. “The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all. Let’s climb.”
The French movement 5050×2020 organized the protest, according to THR. The women stood on the steps at the Cannes Film Festival to demonstrate "how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder."