82 women protesting at Cannes win a pledge for more women directors

Cannes Film Festival 2018 Cate Blanchett Michael B Jordan and Marion Cotillard make appearances on Day 6

"On these steps today stand 82 women representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946", Blanchett said.

The leaders of the Cannes Film Festival have signed a gender equality pledge promising to make their selection process more transparent and to push their executive boards toward gender parity. The same groups were behind a rally on the red carpet on Saturday, where 82 women, including Cate, Ava, Kristen and Lea, as well as Jane Fonda, Marion Cotillard, Salma Hayek, and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, walked in silence along the red carpet before stopping halfway up the steps to the entrance to the Palais des Festivals. Only 82 female directors have competed for the top Palme d'Or prize since 1946 compared with almost 1,700 male directors.

Cate Blanchett and Agnès Varda led a women's march on the Cannes red carpet.

We WILL DEMAND that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so that they can best reflect the world in which we actually live. "The world has changed". "We must question our history and our habits". In the years since, she noted, 1,688 male directors have made the same trek.

The pledge was drawn up by the French gender-parity group 50/50 by 2020, which brought in other groups including Time's Up. "The prestigious Palme d'Or has been bestowed upon 71 male directors-too numerous to mention by name-but only two women".

Of the 21 films in competition this year, three are directed by women.

Monday's pledge also calls for the festival to compile statistics breaking down the gender of filmmakers and major crew members for all films submitted to Cannes.

Cannes has been criticized over the years for the gender imbalance in films selected for screening at the festival.

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