导演和英国电影学院奖得主苏珊娜·怀特(Susanna White)认为，女性导演存在多米诺骨牌效应，她们缺乏工作(Smyth, 2017)。由女性导演执导的电影越来越少，这导致有女强人主演的电影越来越少。大多数女性角色表现为处理暴力及其影响(Ghabra, 2018)。这种观察是正确的，因为针对女性的暴力一直是电影的主要部分。大多数情况下，银幕上的女性暴力与性有关，女性总是处于危险之中，她们需要依靠男性，需要保护，自己没有成为英雄的权威。
The absence of strong women oriented roles in films result in the encouragement of enhanced bias for the under representation of women. It is still a common belief that men and women should to be given equal opportunities and rights and though at times it is subconscious, women often are not portrayed as an equal. The lack of feminism is represented in the pay gap between the male and female actors thus resulting to a number of issues (Zimmerman and White, 2013). Women fight for equal pay, stronger women oriented roles and longer screen presence or the opportunity for women directors to direct big budget movies.
Susanna White, director and BAFTA winner, opined that there is a domino effect pertaining to women directors and the lack of work for them (Smyth, 2017). There are fewer films being directed by female directors thus resulting in lesser films having strong women leads. Mostly the women roles are shown as those dealing with violence and its effects (Ghabra, 2018). This observation is correct as violence against women has always been a staple part of movies. Mostly, the violence on screen with women is associated with a sexual aspect, women are constantly in danger, they need to rely on men and be protected and not have the authority of being heroes on their own.
Emma Watson while addressing the issue of sexism in Hollywood admitted to 17 accounts of problems she faced with male directors as opposed to only 2 issues she faced with women directors. Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar winner, has been considerably less paid as compared to her male colleagues (Smyth, 2017). The role portrayed by women in films has been studied by the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego State University and the situation is not favourable. It has been observed that 12% women play the lead role in the top earning movies.
Ever since the silent movies came into existence, motherhood has been shown with the character of the mother populating the backdrop of the narrative. These characters are noteworthy for their reflection of culture and the ways they impact the cultural ideas and attitudes in regard to the relations, roles and potentialities of other mothers and women in general (Liinason and Alm, 2018). Unrealistic expectations have often been echoed on screen that is considered as a model against which the society measures women.
English movies have always been a medium of exceptional escapist entertainment and motherhood has always received special treatment for years. The movies have portrayed glamourous women who juggle work, home and family and do it while they don high heels and the perfect blow out. These perfect mothers shown on the screen are self – less and put even the dog before themselves; in return their reward is happiness of others. They are indeed the women who have it all. Thankfully there are some sensible movies that do not air brush the character of a mother and add realism to it with prompt honest culture driven conversations regarding post – partum depression, mom – shaming, domestic violence and ban on the reference of a good mother.