What Is An Inclusion Rider? Frances McDormand's Call For Equality In Film
Frances McDormand’s 2018 Oscars Acceptance Speech For Best Actress
After winning the best actress award for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Frances McDormand gave a memorable acceptance speech about the power of female storytelling.
During her speech, she told all the night’s female nominees to proudly stand up together.
She then ended her speech on a mysterious note:
“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider."
So what do these two final words mean, exactly?
What Are Inclusion Riders & How Are They Used In The Film Industry?
An inclusion rider is a clause actors put into their contracts to ensure gender, racial, and other forms of equality in hiring on movie sets.
Simply put, A-list actors who have more negotiation power demand that women, people, of color, and members of the LGBT community are represented both onscreen and offscreen in order for them to agree to be in the film.
The idea of inclusion riders was first developed by Stacy Smith, founder of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.
Inclusion riders can drastically change who is represented in film — and they just make films better overall.
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