Over the summer, superhuman actress and feminist icon, Meryl Streep, sent packages to every member of congress, consisting of a letter asking for support for the Equal Rights Amendment and a book on equal rights.
“I sent them each a book called Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth. It’s about the revival of the attempt to get an ERA that would codify in law that you can’t discriminate against women,” she told The Hollywood Reporter while at the Telluride Film Festival.
She went on discuss inequality in the entertainment business, to which Streep has personally seen. While she believes there are more opportunities for women in the entertainment business specifically in television, feature films are lagging behind, noting that the number of movies directed by women has decreased from 4 percent, a few years ago, to a dismal 1 percent. “It has to do with our discomfort with women in leadership, “ she says.
Unfortunately for the star of the upcoming Suffragette, a film about the British Women’s rights movement in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, she only heard back form 5 members of congress.
Still, Streep is undeterred in her support for equality. If congress won’t listen, she’ll take her mission all the way to the Pope. “He must address the issues of inequality. The conversation changes with women are at the table,” she said.
Now all we have to do is wait for Streep to star in her own biopic. I’m already calling it an Oscar front-runner.