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Pretty Little Liars Showrunner Marlene King Fights Back Against Hollywood Sexism

Sad but true fact: Women are still vastly underrepresented in Hollywood. For instance, in 2011 women directed only 5% of top grossing films — and we know that's not because they lack talent. There's an absurd inequality when it comes to women getting hired for big gigs, and now Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene King is speaking out about the problem.

"Why does Hollywood only hire men to direct movies about teen girls?" Marlene tweeted recently. 'Warm Bodies. Beautiful Creatures. The Host.'#shameonyou"

Marlene's talking about three highly-anticipated upcoming films, all of which are based on hit young adult novels featuring female protagonists. The books Beautiful Creatures and The Host are based on were both written by women, and yet, as Marlene points out, all three movie adaptations landed male directors.

This isn't exactly the first time Hollywood sexism has sparked outrage. Similarly, the popular Hunger Games series, written by Suzanne Collins, was adapted into a major big screen blockbuster. But who was at the helm? Director Gary Ross.

And don’t even get us started on the big movie franchises that aren't based on female-centric sources. (When are we gonna see a woman directing an Avengers-verse flick, hmmm?)

We're glad to see Marlene taking a stand, and we love that she proves every day that women can be kickass creators, writers, and directors. Nothing helps change as much as women getting out there and making awesome TV shows and movies!

Just ask Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain. When she picked up her award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama during Sunday night’s broadcast, the Zero Dark Thirty actress dedicated her win to the film’s female director.

“And to Kathryn Bigelow, my director, I can't help but compare my character of Maya to you: two powerful, fearless women that allow their expert work to stand before them."

“You’ve said that filmmaking for you is not about breaking gender roles,” she added. “But when you make a film that allows your character to disobey the conventions of Hollywood, you’ve done more for women in cinema than you can take credit for.”

Sources: IndieWire, @imarleneking

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

01.14.2013 / 10:57 PM EDT by Rebecca Martin
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