82 women take to Cannes red carpet to protest inequality in film

Eighty-two women including Cate Blanchett and Ava DuVernay marched up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday to protest gender inequality at the festival and in the wider film industry.

Members of the group included actresses, directors and other women in the film industry, including Kristen Stewart, Salma Hayek and “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, The Associated Press reports.

Blanchett, the jury president of this year’s festival, led the group and read out a statement from the steps of the Palais des Festivals, joined by French film director Agnes Varda, who read the statement in French.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Salma Hayek and Sofia Boutella and filmmakers walk the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: (L-R) Golshifteh Farahani and producer Didar Domehri attend the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Kristen Stewart (C) and Lea Seydoux attend the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Cecile Cassel (2L) and other filmaker attend the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Filmmakers raise their arms as clap after Jury head Cate Blanchett with other filmmakers read a statement on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Kendall Jenner attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Kendall Jenner attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: English actress Helen Mirren arrives for the screening of the film 'Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil) in competition at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, France on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Female filmmakers on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: (L-R) Producer Didar Domehri, actress Golshifteh Farahani and director Eva Husson and actress Emmanuelle Bercot attend the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Female filmmakers on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
(FromL) Producer Didar Domehri, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, French director Eva Husson and French actress Emmanuelle Bercot arrive on May 12, 2018 for the screening of the film 'Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil)' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Behnaz Jafari and Marzieh Rezaei attend the screening of '3 Faces (Se Rokh)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Kimberley Garner attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Yoghurt Nattasha attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Victoria Bonya attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Female filmmakers on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Female filmmakers on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Valentina Novati, Diane Elbaum, Ariane Ascaride, Laurence Lascary, Tonie Marshall, Rosalie Varda and filmmakers at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
US-Thai actress Janie Tienphosuwan poses as she arrives on May 12, 2018 for the screening of the film 'Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil)' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
US model Hailey Baldwin poses as she arrives on May 12, 2018 for the screening of the film 'Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil)' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Clemence Poesy (2L), Leila Bekhti (3R),Jasmine Trinca (3R),Celine Sallette (2nd R), Clotilde Courau and other filmmakers walk the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Jasmine Tookes attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Filmmakers walk the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Sara Sampaio attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Tonie Marshall attends the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
(FromL) Burundian singer and member of the Feature Film Jury Khadja Nin, French actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Lea Seydoux, US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart and directors, actresses and industry representatives pose on the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, southeastern France - Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
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In her remarks, Blanchett explained the significance of the number 82.

“On these steps today stand 82 women representing the number of female directors who have climbed these stairs since the first edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “In the same period 1688 male directors have climbed these very same stairs. In the 71 years of this world-renowned festival there have been 12 female heads of its juries.”

She added that 71 male directors have received the Palme d’Or, the most prestigious award of the festival. Only one female director, Jane Campion in 1993, has received the Palme d’Or, though Varda won an honorary Palme d’Or in 2015.

“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise,” Blanchett said. “We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress.”

The march was planned by 5050 by 2020, a French movement dedicated to gender equality in film. The statement coincides with the Cannes Film Festival’s announcement that it will be signing “concrete, strong commitments” to diversity on Monday, Deadline reports, though it’s not clear what exactly those commitments will be.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Deepika Padukone attends the screening of the film 'Ash is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv) during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Actress Deepika Padukone attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Model Bella Hadid attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
US model Bella Hadid blows a kiss as she arrives on May 11, 2018 for the screening of the film 'Ash is Purest White ( Jiang hu er nv)' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Julie Gayet at the 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' premiere during the 71st Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. PHOTOGRAPH BY P. Lehman / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read John Rasimus / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Kangana Ranaut at the 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' premiere during the 71st Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. PHOTOGRAPH BY P. Lehman / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read John Rasimus / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Fan Bing Bing at the 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' premiere during the 71st Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. PHOTOGRAPH BY P. Lehman / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read John Rasimus / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Brazilian model Izabel Goulart poses as she arrives on May 11, 2018 for the Chopard party on the sidelines of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Yann COATSALIOU / AFP) (Photo credit should read YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Actress Alix Benezech attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TOPSHOT - Chinese model Guan Xiaotong arrives on May 11, 2018 for the screening of the film 'Ash is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv)' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Karen Wazen attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Model Victoria Silvstedt attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Xenia Van Der Woodsen attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Regina Todorenko attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Julie Gayet attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Cheryl attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
British-Thai actress Araya Hargate poses as she arrives on May 11, 2018 for the screening of the film 'Ash is Purest White ( Jiang hu er nv)' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by VALERY HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Araya Hargate attends the screening of 'Ash Is The Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
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