Following on from the recent event in the European Parliament on the representation of women in TV and film, the Vice-President of Equity UK, Jean Rogers, has sent me an online petition which I would urge all of you to sign. You will be in good company as it has already been signed by Julie Walters, Phil Davis, David Soul, and Helen Mirren, amongst others, and has around 7,000 signatories in total.
The petition is addressed to the major UK television channels, including the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, and calls on them to take measures to redress the gender imbalance on UK screens. Currently, although half the TV-watching public is female, only 36.5% of characters in TV drama are female. What’s more, while men over the age of 45 are frequently seen in leading roles, women of a similar age often seem to disappear off the screen.
Please would you follow the link here and let the TV companies know that very many of us want equal representation of women on TV.