Inventions – and, in many cases, associated patents – have been key to the maturation of the film industry. Women have contributed in this areas, just like they have contributed in every other area of the movie business.
The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 earning women in the United States the right to vote. At around the same time, women who had creatively dominated the film industry saw their prominence in the field turned over to men, who recognized the money-making possibilities of the growing industry.
A quote good enough to repeat from last month’s newsletter is from Oscar-winner Viola Davis, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” In this newsletter, we profile women of color during the silent film era whose contributions to the movie industry were hard-earned and the obstacles that they encountered underappreciated. They took whatever opportunities … Read More