In the entertainment industry, movies about entrepreneurship are created to give everyone an inside look into the business world. Within these movies, men are shown as the main entrepreneurs and thus create a big story revolving around their journey of becoming a top entrepreneur in their field. This now brings up the question, why are women never shown as entrepreneurs? As more movies about entrepreneurship are made, women are often pushed to the side in order to present stories about male entrepreneurs. Here is why women are never presented as the main characters in entrepreneur movies.

Women in Entrepreneur Movies

In order for us to address why this is considered a problem within movies, we need to first explain how it affects the entertainment industry overall. In fact, a report by the Study of Women in Television and Film in 2018 shows that women accounted for 36% of major characters in grossing films. This means there is a one in three chance of watching a movie with a female character as the main lead. Although this doesn’t specify how many female characters were in movies about entrepreneurs, we can speculate that the numbers for these characters would be less than what was given. With movies like Joy, The Devil Wears Prada, and several others, we are able to see that the industry itself is trying to show women in more entrepreneurial roles overall.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

Now we are off to the big question everyone is wondering about. Why are women never presented as the main entrepreneur in movies? And why is it considered a problem? For starters, in most movies female characters are either portrayed as the girlfriend/wife or the assistant of an entrepreneur. By not making them into the lead entrepreneur, this indirectly says that women are really only good as accessories, which isn’t a good thing to put out. Creating a different story where women are able to be successful in their craft when it comes to entrepreneurship would be the first step to changing the narrative. For once, it’s something that can be done authentically, but with time and patience, this change is inevitable.

The Intern (2015)
Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern
Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in The Intern

Second, the entrepreneurial industry is seen as a male dominated field, thus creating “stereotypes” within these movies and contributing to the bigger picture of women not being included as entrepreneurs. This then creates preconceived notions that women in general are not supposed to be seen as entrepreneurs in the same way that men are seen. The lack of female entrepreneurs within movies does create a lack a role models that other women can aspire to in real life due to the industry being a male dominated field. Although this doesn’t come as a surprise we can change the industry as a whole by getting rid of the “stereotypes” placed within movies. The change may not come immediately, but it will happen at some point.

Joy (2015)

Finally, the entertainment industry and Hollywood itself really isn’t all that interested in creating movies about female entrepreneurs. They seem much more interested in creating movies about male entrepreneurs. This explains why there are double or triple the amount of movies about entrepreneurs who are male than there are about entrepreneurs who are female. And for those who don’t believe me, get a pen and a piece of paper and create a list of movies involving male and female leads as entrepreneurs. Write down as many movies as you can for each section until you can’t think of any more and then examine it. If this isn’t a problem to you, then open your eyes because it’s right in front of you.

How many women led entrepreneur movies can you name?

The entertainment industry needs to start showing women as entrepreneurs in movies more frequently in order to present entrepreneurship realistically. Women are able to be entrepreneurs and showcase how successful they are in their craft. The industry needs to realize that men aren’t the only ones working as entrepreneurs and that there’s more to being an entrepreneur than stereotypes. The sooner we can get more movies about women being entrepreneurs, the sooner we see them become successful in their work. So watch a movie about a female entrepreneur and their story of starting a business to becoming a top entrepreneur today.

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This article originally posted on GREY Journal.