Women Are Driving Change In Hollywood, According To Cate Blanchett (Who Is Usually Right)

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Fresh from her oft-quoted Cinderella  press tour (Reporters, remember: The two-time Academy Award winner is not interested in discussing cats with you) Hollywood powerhouse Cate Blanchett tells Australian Vogue that the increasing success of older women in Hollywood comes not from the studios, reports The Sydney Morning Herald, but rather from the amount of women who, simply put, watch movies.  

The Australian actress was interviewed for the fashion magazine’s April issue by New York-based Australian author Anna Funder, who queried: "Tina Fey wrote in Bossypants that any woman in Hollywood who's no longer considered f---able is ignored. In the era of Judi Dench and Meryl Streep and other actresses we love, can this really be true, or are they exceptions?"  

“Female audiences are driving the change, I think,” the openly outspoken Blanchett replied. "Women don't stop consuming cultural product once they stop menstruating." 

As for the Hollywood gender pay gap famously revealed by leaked Sony emails, Blanchett most certainly did not feel that revelation should have come as a shock to anyone: "People were surprised? There are countless industries around the world where women in top positions are not equally remunerated for equal work." 

Considering the recent Institute for Women's Policy Research study findings that American women won't see equal pay until 2058, Blanchett’s comments are intelligent and pragmatic. And coming from the woman who used her short time on stage accepting the Best Actress statue at the 2014 Academy Awards to callout the fact that movies about women make money, audiences want to see them and more of them should get made, this comes as no surprise. 

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