Carey Mulligan Says the Film Industry Is "Massively Sexist," Lacks Great Stories for Women

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Carey Mulligan may be starring later this year in the new movie Suffragette (opens in new tab), a film about the British women's movement, but the star admits that the industry still has a long way to go in regards to women getting similarly interesting, empowering roles.

"In terms of the amount of interesting roles there are for women it's obviously massively sexist," she told Time Out London, according to The Guardian (opens in new tab). "There's a lack of material for women. A lack of great stories for women."

Talking more about the film Suffragette, the actress pointed out that while the film centers around strong, able women, it—like the movement for rights—took some time and convincing to get made.

"The mere fact that it's taken 100 years for this story to be told is hugely revealing," Mulligan said. "This is the story of equal rights in Britain, and it took years of struggle and women being tortured, abused, and persecuted, and it's never been put on-screen. It's such a reflection of our film industry that that story hasn't been told yet."

Hopefully these words—along with other actresses speaking up (opens in new tab)—won't fall on deaf ears in Hollywood. But in any case, we love that Meryl is ON IT (opens in new tab).

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