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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? How to Change the World

Where Are the Women? How to Change the World

Only three women appear in this movie… and two of them are the wife and daughter of the male founder of Greenpeace, and mostly speak about him.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: -5

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: Only three women appear in this movie… and two of them are the wife and daughter of the male founder of Greenpeace, and don’t speak much about their own environmental work but mostly about him and how he worked. The third woman does not appear to be an adjunct to any of the core members of the early organization — who were all male — and she does note, with wry humor, at one point that Greenpeace was very male-dominated in its early years. Still, it’s difficult to imagine that no women played a key role in the beginnings of the organization, as is implied here.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of How to Change the World! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of How to Change the World.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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  • RogerBW

    I suppose it’s better to leave women out than to have them present but handled badly.

  • Perhaps, but those aren’t the only two options.

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