Meryl Streep famously went wild applauding for equal pay (opens in new tab) during Patricia Arquette's Oscars speech, and now, she's putting her money where her mouth is.
Variety (opens in new tab) reports that Streep is personally funding a screenwriting workshop exclusively for women over 40. The project was announced on Sunday during a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Streep's project will be called The Writers Lab (opens in new tab), and will be run by New York Women in Television and Film. The program has already recruited a slew of mentors, including the women behind movies like Boyhood, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Station Agent.
The lab will take place at a retreat in upstate New York from September 18-20, and promises participants a "springboard" to produce their promising films. The Writers Lab will take applications from April 30 until June 1, and will accept only eight participants.
The announcement comes at a pressing time for women in Hollywood. Even though it's 2015, it's still depressingly tough (opens in new tab) to be a woman writer, and female character leads (opens in new tab) aren't getting any more common.
But if Meryl's on the case, we already feel better. She can fix everything, right?
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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
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