“It’s no secret that Hollywood is a place where women too frequently don’t get the same treatment as men. Actresses still get paid less than their male co-stars, women directors are rarely trusted with the keys to huge franchises, and cinematographers called on to shoot films are predominantly men. But there’s one film making profession where women are so overlooked they’re often believed to not exist in the field at all: film music. Just ask Lesley Barber, the composer behind Manchester by the Sea (in theaters this Friday), who recalls being asked to do a video interview and then, when she showed up, was assumed to be the PR rep handling the composer!”
The AWFC has been working to change this by campaigning for inclusion in panels, articles, and industry events, managing an online directory of over 130 women film composers, and organizing high-profile events that celebrate the work of women.