Kathryn Bigelow Responds to ACLU's Hollywood Gender Discrimination Inquiry: "Change is Essential"

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Kathryn Bigelow

The Oscar-winning director of 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' pushes for "gender neutral hiring."

Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow is one of the prominent female directors who is speaking out in response to the ACLU asking for a government investigation into what it called discriminatory hiring of directors in Hollywood.

“I have always firmly believed that every director should be judged solely by their work, and not by their work based on their gender. Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward thinking and progressive people yet this horrific situation for women directors persists,” Bigelow said in a statement to Time.com. “Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential. Gender neutral hiring is essential.”

Bigelow is the only female director to win a best picture Oscar, taking home the trophy in 2010 for The Hurt Locker.

The ACLU on Tuesday sent letters to three state and federal agencies, urging them to investigate hiring practices in the film and TV industries that the civil-rights organization claims lead to "an underrepresentation of women directors."