In the United States, entertainment and politics represent powerful, male-dominated industries with significant influence on how women are both defined by others and how they define themselves. In 2007's top-grossing films, women comprised only 15 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, editors and cinematographers. Only 16 percent of the U.S. Congress is female, and only eight states have female governors.

We at Girls' Club Entertainment are currently developing a documentary about women's under-representation in these two spheres and what we can do about it. In the face of these dramatic statistics, our central question is--why so few women?

Please take a moment to share your thoughts by commenting on this thread. Your input will guide us in the production of our film. You can also learn more about the issues by reading our community story in the Women, Power and Politics exhibition. Thank you for your help!