Gail Mooney, Filmmaker Bio
As a female photographer and filmmaker, I’ve spent a lifetime working in a male-dominated profession. Things have improved for women in the U.S. workforce over the past three decades but change has been slow and we still have a way to go in terms of equal pay and opportunities. Gender equality in the workplace is still a distant reality for many women.
Someday, female equality in the workplace will be common. But, right now that’s not the case in many professions. It’s no secret that women still face various forms of gender bias in the workforce. Equally-qualified women are getting the short end of the stick from both male and female managers in hiring, pay, performance evaluations, and promotions. But there’s hope. This past year has been a landmark one for women in the workplace. My hope is that this forward momentum continues.
It’s hard to create change.
I have found that the best way to create change is to show the change that I want to happen. In my case, that is through telling the stories of women who have gone against the odds and pursued careers that had been off-limits to them, only a short time ago. I am producing a film about these women who are working in professions that are traditionally dominated by men. To date, I’ve interviewed various women: a blimp pilot for Good Year, the Dean of Engineering at Cal Poly, an auto mechanic, an industrial drone photographer, and a Formula-E race car driver, to name a few. One woman, Natalie Jones, is a heavy-lift helicopter pilot who fights fires. Natalie’s short video profile went viral in a couple of days and has reached over a million people.
My goal is to change our U.S.culture’s consciousness about gender bias in the workforce and to empower women to pursue their dreams. I want to inspire women and young girls that anything is possible.
I believe the time is right for this message.