“How Can We Help the Working Mothers of Hollywood? Raising Films Has a Plan“: guest post by Raising Films co-founder and film critic Sophie Mayer
As Women and Hollywood recently reported, Elizabeth Banks took the huge step of being honest about childcare conflicts when stepping down from “Pitch Perfect 3,” and Zoe Saldana has been equally outspoken about the lack of on-set childcare. How do we create choice in a situation where women are currently “cut out of the picture” (to borrow Directors UK’s report title) if they do stay home for early years childcare, and feel like they are sinking if they go back to work? We offered survey respondents a list of 14 solutions to the problem. Reflecting the literal cost of being a parent filmmaker, four out of five of the top solutions address the expense and stress of finding childcare.