A Female President Has Been Elected!

Cheryl Boone Isaacs- Academy President

In the world of showbiz, that is!

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s board of governors. The Academy announced her election Tuesday night via Twitter.

 

 

Cheryl is the first African-American to head the 86-year-old Academy and only the third woman to serve as president. Actress Bette Davis held the post for just two months in 1941, and screenwriter Fay Kanin served for four years from 1979-83.

This is a great move toward more equality both on-screen and behind the scenes in the film business. The academy didn’t go into too much details in their Press Release but Boone Isaacs did talk to Variety about the significance of her new position.

“It’s a big day, and it’s significant in many, many ways — inspirational I hope for the current generation and the next generation with the proliferation of film schools and young of all (ethnicities) wishing to have a career in this business. I’m hoping it will be inspirational for them.”

She tells them she is thankful for this groundbreaking opportunity and what it means for the future of the industry.

“I think the industry has been moving forward in this area. We could quicken the step a bit with hiring and more importantly, the promotion of quality women and minorities into positions of power. There’s always room for improvement in those areas.”

For now, she is celebrating the opportunities she has the power to create with this new job, and is thoroughly excited!

“I’m deeply honored and grateful…that this body of professionals feels I would be a good choice to lead the organization into the future — that’s big, right? I’m still on a high, as you can imagine.”

We too are on a bit of a high seeing more women in positions of leadership and power in influential sectors like entertainment!

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