Newswire: Meryl Streep funds screenwriting lab for women over 40

In the past couple of years, Hollywood’s rampant sexism when it comes to leading roles for women has been called out by Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Mindy Kaling, Geena Davis, and Jennifer Garner, to name only a few.

Julie Walters and Isabella Rossellini have specifically spoken out against ageism in Hollywood, and Russell Crowe—apparently deciding that a man’s opinion was needed in this debate—weighed in by blaming women for the problem. Meryl Streep and Jessica Chastain responded, and although the latter called Crowe out more directly, Streep is proving her commitment to combating ageism and sexism in Hollywood by funding a new writing lab for women over 40.

Called the Writers Lab, the screenwriting program was announced on Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. The lab will be run by New York Women in Film and Television and …

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