While the title character of Barbarella isn't naked in the exact moment she first appears on camera, she quickly corrects this. The film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead starts with two of the main characters in a sex scene that is borderline hardcore. In The Blood Spattered Bride, Lesbian Vampire Carmilla has a memorable entrance — she's discovered buried in the sand, naked, wearing only a breathing snorkel. In "Buenos Aires Vice Versa" the main female character is shown completely naked in the first scene she appears. In the beginning of Dark City , the main character awakes in a bathtub.
Gender diversity in media has actually been getting worse. The report concluded that the number of women represented in was lower than it had been in , meaning " there's been no discernible progress in increasing the numbers of women working in film over the past 16 years. In fact, many of the highest-earning screenwriters in the early era of Hollywood were women, and women on screen were taking on diverse, complex roles. It isn't a stretch to say that having more women writing the scripts and calling the shots behind the scenes helped make films of Hollywood's Golden Age more interesting. So in honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, here are 11 early film pioneers who proved ladies can produce, edit, act, direct, write and be the CEOs of their own companies.