The #WiMCrewList started as a simple open source Google Doc to facilitate finding women for film crews. In a matter of months there were thousands of women in 26 departments, all over the world. Our mission to facilitate a more respectful, inclusive, and balanced workplace for all genders will be achieved when all productions reach gender balance behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera. There is no longer an excuse not to hire women.
Due to the popularity of the Google Doc, and women getting hired from it, we decided to aim higher. To enhance our mission, we decided to move from the original list to create a searchable, online database that is an attractive and thorough way for studios as well as indies to #HireTheseWomen. We transitioned from the Google doc to the database in 2017 and have been getting thousands of women hired, above and below the line.
When we became a non profit, we expanded our services to include more networking events, education, and initiatives. Our goal for the entertainment industry is 40% – 60% women in every crew, every department, every show.
Women In Media started as an informal networking group of likeminded people of all genders who wanted to network with more women. We continuously outgrew our venues until it became undeniable in 2016 that more people felt as we did. It was time for the entertainment industry to change. We now host professional development panels and events, as well as screenings and #WiMLounge parties at film festivals. All genders are welcome.
Membership for women includes special privileges such as a Crew List profile, Jobs List access powered by ProductionHub, networking events, vendor and film festival discounts, professional development opportunities, and ability to apply for #HireTheseWomen lunches.
Anyone can participate in our events unless they are indicated as members only. We encourage our male friends and colleagues to come to our events and #HireTheseWomen.