Now, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador is opening up about the sexism she's faced in Hollywood and how she's dealt with it. "I have experienced sexism in that I have been directed by male directors 17 times and only twice by women," the actress told The UK's Guardian. "Of the producers I've worked with, 13 have been male and only one has been a woman, but I am lucky: I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality."
While she's been lucky in that way, her involvement with HeForShe has still made her more conscious of the issues women face. "I think my work with the UN has probably made me even more aware of the problems," she continued, adding for example, "I went out for a work dinner recently. It was 7 men...and me."
Emma went on to say that one of the big issues she's noticed is not only that ratio of men to women in the workplace, but also women who make things difficult for other women. "Women are just as guilty of discriminating against women," she continued. "Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men, like Steve Chbosky who directed me in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and director James Ponsoldt who I am working with at the moment [on The Circle]. Some women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women!"
Wow. Sounds like there are some men and women out there who need to check themselves. Emma's interview was a part of a series of testimonials from actresses, screenwriters, directors and other women in Hollywood who described the experiences they've had working in the industry. Nearly all of them had experienced sexism in the workplace in some way.