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Why More Christian Women Aren’t Making Movies

At a national convention for the National Religious Broadcasters, my wife Kathleen addressed a session called “Women in Christian Media.” She was leading a panel to discuss why Christian women aren’t more involved in creating and producing movies for the Christian and family audience. Here’s a few of her thoughts:

1)    Lack of confidence – Christian women don’t take their talent seriously enough.  Right or wrong, many churches don’t allow women to preach or teach, but that doesn’t mean we can’t express ourselves in other ways.  We can write, produce, and direct.  We can create compelling media.  We need to stop complaining about what we can’t do and start focusing on what we can do.

2)    Women aren’t as intentional about business networking as men.  For generations, men have understood the value of working with people they like.  They play golf, join the country club – all to meet other businessmen.  We need to be far more intentional about relationships – not for social reasons, but for business. How many other women do you know who complement your skills and talents?  Who can help you reach the next level?

3)    We don’t support other women.  That vast majority of religious media audiences are women, but the most popular programs are hosted by men.  Why aren’t we supporting women programmers and producers?

4)    Men are more competitive professionally, while women are more competitive personally.  If men have a conflict in the workplace it’s usually about the project.  If women have a conflict, it’s usually about each other.  In the workplace, let’s teach women to focus on business relationships, not personal relationships.

5)    We aren’t nurturing the next generation of female media leaders.  We need to encourage more women to teach at the college level in media departments.  We need to create scholarships for worthy women.  We should encourage universities to seek out capable female media students.

It created a terrific conversation about the issue.  I’d be curious to know what you think.

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  1. Very well said. We need to see these obstacles broken and more women in media & filmmaking. When I watch movies it is very easy to remember that most of them are done by men – We can see it in the carachters, roles men & women respresent etc. 

  2. Good post, but part of that first point made me double-take.

    "We need to stop complaining about what we can’t do and start focusing on what we can do."

    I’m all for being content, and am by no means a crazy feminist. It’s also true that the squeeky wheel gets oil, though. Thank God a group of women didn’t stop complaining that they couldn’t vote, for example. I think we need to press the points that need to be pressed AND take advantage of what we can do.

  3. Are we asking why Christian women aren’t more involved in secular media?  Or are we asking why more women aren’t involved in Christian media?  Both are relevant.

    As a female content creator, I tend not to think of myself as distict
    because I’m female, but perhaps I should.  Women are just as creative and capable of content creation as men.  Women are just as able to manage a project and produce creative content as men.  However, women, being the detail-oriented, relationally-tuned culture creators that we are, may have more to say or question about culture and society as artists than men.  Maybe?

    Also, as a female content creator, I tend not think of
    myself as failing to network.  I have a community that’s growing with
    me as I grow in Hollywood and I think the time will come when all our
    careers are ripe for cross pollination.  Those women who can grab the bull by the horns and "act like men" in networking situations succeed because they act like men.  How can women succeed as networkers acting like women

    Finally, what type of support should I be expecting as a Christian female content creator?  What does it mean to support women in media?  Practically.  I suppose that I’d like to network with successful women in film!  Perhaps I should begin there?  http://www.wif.org  But is there a similar organization for Christian women in film?

     

  4. Great article, as a christian woman and screen writer I am trying to make it in this business.  I find it very difficult without an agent. I have tried to get one but most of them at the WGA want established writers. What to do ? What to do ? I have been trying to get my scripts read in Hollywood to no avail. I have come to the point of discouragement, but I will not give up. And with that in mind I must ask the dreaded question : Does any know of any producers that I may contact ?

  5. Barb, that’s funny because we are trying to find Christian scripts, but cannot find any. Register your stories with the WGA and then try using a local lawyer’s letterhead. Unsolicited just means unprotected without representation, it does not have to be an agent, an attorney can work. We do not want anyone to send in scripts, but after they are registered with the Writer’s Guild, an email introduction with a brief synopsis is a good start. If it is the type of story we are interested we may request either a few pages or an entire script, but you must be protected first. That is to protect both of us. If you say you have an idea boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl and I have the same idea, I do not want to be sued. That is why you must register the whole script with the Writer’s Guild before we will look at the synopsis and why companies want some solicitor whether lawyer or agent.

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