In 2013, Popcorn Horror were named as ambassadors for the Women in Horror Campaign. During that time, we interviewed a number of women working in the horror industry, fulfilling various roles, and realized these women in 2013 still faced varying degrees of inequality, judgement, and discrimination.
The issues faced ranged from experiencing the ‘old boys club’ mentality at horror festivals and conventions, to being subjected to full blown sexual harassment and threats. A male dominated film industry goes back to the very beginnings of Hollywood, and in the 1920s, there were fewer than ten women working in industry leadership positions. Fast forward to 2009, and only around 16% of roles in the mainstream film industry were filled by women. This combined with the stereotypical damsel in distress roles still prevalent in horror, led to the founding of the Women in Horror Campaign.
“Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists underrepresented female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. WiHM seeks to expose and break down social constructs and miscommunication between female professionals while simultaneously educating the public about discrimination and how they can assist the female gender in reaching equality”
Despite the statistics, we’re going to take a look at some women who have played a part in the horror genre, hopefully encouraging more women to participate and challenge the prejudice they often face.
You can find out more about the Women in Horror Campaign here