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The DGA Women's Steering Committee was created in 1979, when six female members of the Guild – Susan Bay, Nell Cox, Joelle Dobrow, Dolores Ferraro, Victoria Hochberg and Lynne Littman – convened to research the facts surrounding employment opportunities for women directors.
On March 1, 1980, they presented a report to the DGA’s National Board that showed that women directors had directed just 0.5% of all directing opportunities over the previous 30 years. In June 1980, their findings were presented to the Employers and to the world, raising awareness of the inequities in hiring by studios, networks, and production companies, and kicking off the Guild’s efforts to press Employers to improve their hiring practices.
Credits: Martha Cotton, Producer; Colin Crowley, Editor; Mateo Laboriel, Composer