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WATCH: 82 Women Lock Arms Together in Call for Gender Equality at Cannes Film Festival

A total of 82 women, one for each of the female directors who have climbed the steps of the Palais since the festival began, gathered together at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday to call for more gender equality in the entertainment industry.

Among theme was actress Cate Blanchett, who spoke out on the need for more women’s voices.

“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise,” Blanchett said, according to Variety. “As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress. We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts.”

The event was organized by 5050×2020, a French movement that is working for more gender equality and diversity in films and comes at a time when the Harvey Weinstein scandal has heightened awareness of men’s power in entertainment. The Cannes Film Festival has also been criticized for not being accessible to women’s voices and works.

In addition to Blanchett, the event featured a number of both Hollywood and international female stars, including Marion Cotillard, Patty Jenkins, Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Ava DuVernay, Léa Seydoux, and Salma Hayek.

Watch above, via AP.

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