March 8 marks International Women's Day, and while any day is apt for rounding up emerging female directors, today is a bit more special. As women continue to break down barriers both in the world at large and within the film industry, we're seeing a bit more progress occur before our eyes.
Last year's Academy Awards marked the second time that a woman has won Best Director—yes, that's only twice in an awards show that's been going on for 92 years. In total, only seven women have been nominated for Best Director over those years. While the Academy Awards are by no means the correct way to judge the actual progress being made behind the scenes, it's certainly one of the most public indicators.
As the United States Women's National Team recently (and finally) came to an agreement in their fight for equal pay for female soccer players, we're at the beginning of another long (but necessary) road in the constant fight for equality.
In no specific order, these 10 emerging female directors are not only at the top of their field, but they're also at the forefront of representation in a historically male-dominated industry.