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Women Power: It’s The ‘Inclusion Riders’ Era

For a little while now, there’s been a rather big craze going on called Inclusion riders. Big names like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have joined in lately signing up to using these agreements. As we hit a fever pitch over the talk about discrimination in movies and in the media, these kind of topics are becoming more and more commonplace. An inclusion rider is becoming more and more popular, as stars push for diversity in the make-up of cast and crew for any production.

This comes in the middle of a major amount of pressure to make the media and entertainment world more diverse. With many businesses now looking closer at signing agreements to try and make this a widespread thing, it’s good to see stars like Damon and Affleck get involved.

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Another major name involved in this is Paul Feig, who was the director of the Ghostbusters remake. “I feel like the people who don’t do it now and the studios and companies that don’t do it now are moving backward, not forward.” He said when speaking to The Guardian.

It’s a major move following the conception of the idea by Stacy Smith, a professor at the University of Southern California. The aim is to help improve inclusion for all under-represented groups; women, people of color, LGBT people and those who suffer from a disability.

A Changing of the Guard

This has become a very important part of the battle to make showbiz a touch more inclusive than it is at this moment in time. With Affleck and Damon both saying they’ll use these clauses for their own companies, this is a very big step forward for the industry.

Feig himself has started to use it at Feigco Entertainment and would make sure it was part of future TV and movie productions. A long-term advocate of representation for all in the industry he’s spent a lot of time creating gender parity in his workplaces and now wants to help make it more official.

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“It’s the right thing to do,” he explained. “It’s up to artists and film-makers to set the example, then the studios have to follow.

The major amount of coverage that the 2018 Oscars got certainly shone a light on this particular issue. With more actors and agencies getting involved now, we’re only likely to see an increase in companies using inclusion riders in their work.

This could be the beginning of a very interesting battle now just in showbiz, but in business and life in general. According to Kalpana Kotagal, a civil rights lawyer, this should be a target for all industries, saying: “Pick your industry. Anywhere somebody has bargaining power, there is room to negotiate for better employment practices.”

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It’s a very interesting subject, and one we expect to be covering majorly as time goes on. At the moment, though, it’s heartening to see so many take part in making the world a more diverse and inclusive place than it is at present.

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