Tell us the story of Hollywood, and we’ll tell you the story of women. Funny women, strong women, smart women, beautiful women, savvy women, women who knew and know how to get things done. When the going got tough, these women got going — and made Hollywood history in the process. These 10 women — actors, directors, producers, writers, icons — created and continue to create spaces for women of all colors and walks of life to succeed after them.
Both in front of and behind the camera, these women have navigated the shark-infested waters of the entertainment industry and come out on top while paving the way for the next generation of artists and media mavens. They have all built upon each other’s successes to create a more level playing field. We still have so far to go, but with these women as inspiration, we’ll take it all over soon.