The recent passing of actress Jill Clayburgh reminds one columnist of how Clayburgh served as a trailblazer in the feminist film world by advancing big-screen roles for women. She played several characters, including the protagonist in "An Unmarried Woman," which helped define a generation of young women.
There are many industries where female advancement has been slow, especially in the video-game field where a 2005 study indicated that just 11.5% of employees were women. Industry watchers assert that these numbers can be improved if more women are encouraged to move into the software and video-game fields.
When it comes to female and gender equality, there are more than a few gaps that need to be closed across a spectrum of issues, from education to technology. The Gender Action Plan aims to increase opportunities for girls and women.
This look back at early films that attempted to help foster images of ordinary women ponders how those movies have affected filmmakers and actresses. "Betty Tells Her Story" is said to be one of the first films to take on the cultural focus of women's beauty and self-image.