I grew up in an period the place well-liked representations of wealth had been virtually solely male, typified by Gordon Gekko within the 1987 movie Wall Road, who declared that “greed is sweet” as he prowled the buying and selling ground in a pair of striped trouser braces.
Through the years, the notion that wealthy was a male attribute gained momentum. In music movies, it was all the time male rappers who flashed the money and drank champagne on superyachts. And it’s a male hedge-fund king on the centre of the tv drama Billions, not a feminine one.
In America, a research carried out by the Annenberg Faculty for Communications and Journalism in 2013 discovered that, of 11,927 talking roles within the top-grossing movies and TV exhibits launched between 2006 and 2011, solely two feminine characters had been proven within the government workplace of main firms. Not a single lady was depicted on the prime of the monetary sector.
Cultural illustration is essential as a result of if high-flying girls aren’t depicted on-screen, then it is harder to think about ourselves right into a place of sensible aspiration. Merely put: if you cannot see it, you are much less more likely to suppose you might be it. Which might be partly why I by no means thought-about being wealthy as a viable ambition. It additionally goes a way in the direction of explaining why girls aren’t conditioned to consider we deserve a fats wage.