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Cannes Film Festival

Successful Women are Demonstrating a Shift in Attitudes


It has been a good year for female leads in Hollywood, as a multitude of blockbusters feature heroines and strong, complex women who eclipse whoever might oppose them. In July, the Ghostbusters remake co-written by Katie Dipplod aired, while earlier in April, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron, and Emily Blunt enchanted the audience as they were facing Chris Hemsworth, in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Of course, these are just a few examples of the many great films written, co-written, or directed by women which were brought to our screens this year. Thankfully the old men’s club of Hollywood is seemingly becoming more available to talented and brilliant women who would previously have been likely to see more shut doors than open.

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey perhaps exemplifies this as the film won the Jury Prize in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Andrea’s vision and excellent eye for detail and cinematography demonstrates a visible trend of highly skilled professional women breaking into otherwise heavily male-dominated professions. It is a testament to the times that the resources making it possible to emulate such feats are now much more readily available for anyone pursuing a career in film. Even online courses like those at San Francisco State University offer the basic means of opening such paths.

That is not to say that in 2016 there is not more work to be done to elevate women in traditionally male professions. However, 2016 is demonstrating a broader trend of women having their say and having a greater influence than previously, while undoubtedly demonstrating their worth in their respective fields.

In our Woman Around Town section you see portraits of so many brilliant professionals and their success. Among many, a recap of Rosslyn Business Improvement District spear-headed by president Mary-Claire Burick serves as an excellent demonstration of this general trend. Having been integral in launching the Fox News Channel, Mary-Claire went on to exceed in her communications and change management advisory firm, to be recruited for her current role. She explains in our post that she is a life-long learner and gained her certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. And it is this focus on continuous development that is important for aspiring professionals to evolve in their career and as individuals.

It should, nevertheless, be said that learning and skill development can come from many areas in life. One such underdog story is when the 18 year old Norwegian, Annette Obrestad, became the youngest player ever to win the World Series of Poker bracelet almost 10 years ago. Having only had previous experience in online poker, she took her seasoned professional competitors by storm with a sharp mind. Annette’s story is a testament to the fact that whatever your passion may be, there is room to excel. Though not many universities might specialize in fine-tuning poker skills, other options are available. If you have the same passions as Annette, then you’ll enjoy this post by Lucky Nugget, as they offer insights into video poker – should you wish to take on the WSOP yourself one day.

It’s an exciting time for anyone with high ambitions seeking to excel and demonstrate their strengths across any field or profession. It is this nuanced search and development of one’s identity, development of character, and learning from all areas of life that is mirrored in women’s rise in male dominated professions.

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