Women are innovators, regardless of which industry they work in and at what level. Within the television industry, women influence in what we watch, what we wear, and what we do. While many of these women are recognized all over the world, the reality is also that gender inequality in the movie industry is still very much alive. Only 27% of those working behind the scenes are women, and only 39% of all speaking characters are. However, the women below, indeed some of the most influential in history, are fighting hard to change this.
Determining the most influential women is quite difficult because different sources have different lists. This, in turn, is because these powerful women influence us in many different ways. Some, for instance, influence our weight loss efforts by being examples and role models. Others affect us by determining, behind the scenes, what we get to watch on TV. And those are just a few of the possible classifications. However, it is undeniable that the following women all have a unique place in the world today.
Michelle Guthrie, Australia Broadcasting Corp.’s Managing Director
Not all of the influential women are on TV themselves. Michelle Guthrie is a media lawyer, for example, and worked at Google Asia before taking over as the first ever female head of Australia’s Broadcasting Corp. She believes in questioning the status quo, taking risks and encouraging others to do the same, and bringing about some fresh thinking.
Oprah Winfrey, All-Round Super Woman
Virtually everybody has heard of Oprah Winfrey, and her influence stretches far and wide. Consider the fact that this show on Netflix is produced by Oprah Winfrey for instance. Oprah is a genuine celebrity, not matter how you define what a celebrity is. She has been around for decades, is a philosopher, hosts a talk show, is a women’s rights and black rights activist, a producer, a magazine editor, a style icon, and much more. She is also one of the wealthiest women on the planet. Some even believe that it was her support that got President Obama elected!
Marina Berlusconi, Chair of Fininvest
Marina Berlusconi knows what it is like to have real girl power. She is the daughter of Silvio Berlusconi, the heavily disgraced former prime minister of Italy, who once made a porn actress a minister in his cabinet. She has not let her father’s mistakes hold her back, however. She is chair of Fininvest, a communications giant, and she heads Mondadori Group, one of the largest publishing houses in Europe. Mondadori was a sinking ship until Berlusconi took over the help, once again becoming a global player.
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer
Jay Hunt has turned the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 around from a forgotten channel to one that millions tune into every week. She attracted Humans, Catastrophe, and the hugely popular Gogglebox, for instance. She was even able to take over The Great British Bake Off, watched by 15 million people, from the BBC.
Women are a force to be reckoned no matter where they work or what they do. The women above are just some examples of what they can achieve. Most of all, however, it shows just how much everyday life is influenced by what they do.