Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay at the Ms. Foundation 30th Annual Gloria Awards at Capitale on May 3, 2018, in New York City
Photo: Astrid Stawiarz (Getty Images for the Foundation for Women)

Ava DuVernay recently rolled her eyes for all of us who are tired of those with power complaining when an iota of their overwhelming privilege moves an inch toward parity.

On Thursday, as she received the Woman of Vision Award at the 30th annual Ms. Foundation Gloria Awards, DuVernay recounted a story in which a fellow director called her to say that other directors were upset that she was only tapping women as directors for her show, Queen Sugar, on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN.


DuVernay’s response was right on time, Vanity Fair reports: “Thank you, friend, thank you for that call. I invite you to tell whoever is feeling discriminated against to sue me so that I can sue every studio that has left women out ... ’cause we can do this, if that’s what you want to do.”

The Wrinkle in Time director also noted that she will continue to do things her way (that is, give women the opportunities they have been denied for so long as long as she calls the shots), despite the whiny men in Hollywood.

“Why did we do this?” she asked. “Because we can. Because we can create spaces that nourish in our own image, in the same way that our male counterparts have created in their own image for over a century.”


So yeah. Right on, Ava.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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