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Thursday, February 15, 2024

What it’s really like to be a woman in Hollywood

Naomi McDougall-Jones | TEDx

Since the 1940s only 5% of all major films have been directed by women.
In 2016 the women in film revolution has arrived and it begins with you.

She is the Founder of The 51 Fund, an investment equity fund focused on financing films written, directed, and produced by women.

What we see in movies matters: it affects our hobbies, our career choices, our emotions and even our identities.

Right now, we don’t see enough women on screen or behind the camera, but waiting for Hollywood to grow a conscience isn’t going to fix the problem, says Naomi McDougall Jones. Join forces with the actor and activist as she outlines her four-point plan for a total representation revolution in Hollywood.


Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning writer, actress, and producer based in New York City.

She wrote, produced, and starred in the award-winning feature film, IMAGINE I’M BEAUTIFUL, for which she received three Best Actress Awards and “The Don Award” for Best Independently Produced Screenplay of 2014.

Naomi was additionally one of the writers for Amazon’s new TV series THE NEW YORKER PRESENTS, which premiered at Sundance. Naomi has become an advocate and speaker for bringing gender parity to the cinema.



This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxBeaconStreet, an independent event.