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Women have always been a force in filmmaking, but often their talents were suppressed by a male dominated industry. Alice Guy-Blanche was a pioneer filmmaker, and has paved the way to opening doors over the decades for filmmakers of the silent era. But until the rise of feminism in the late 60s, female filmmakers voices were suppressed until such directors as Penny Marshall, Kathryn Bigelow, Sofia Coppola, and others. We will examine the dynamics of sexism in the film industry, the challenges women have met and overcome, and the artistic achievements of female directors over the years.