#GoodRead | Remembering Lois Weber, Early Hollywood's Most Successful Woman Director
Last month, Vanity Fair ran a piece on women directors that claimed that “the feisty Ida Lupino was one of the first.” They were only off by fifty years. They forgot — or never knew — that Alice Guy in 1890s France was not only one of the first women directors, but one of the first directors period. There were dozens of female directors flourishing in America in the 1910s since, with no rules to follow and no rules to break, filmmaking was wide open to women. By the time women finally got the vote in 1920, they had been thriving in Hollywood for over a decade.