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Andrea Towers
May 13, 2015 AT 02:36 PM EDT

In line with the ACLU’s announcement about targeting discrimation against women directors, Kathryn Bigelow is taking a stand.

In a statement to TIME, the Oscar-winning director stated that, “I have always firmly believed that every director should be judged solely by their work, and not by their work based on their gender. Hollywood is supposedly a community of forward thinking and progressive people yet this horrific situation for women directors persists. Gender discrimination stigmatizes our entire industry. Change is essential. Gender neutral hiring is essential.”

Bigelow isn’t the only star to speak out about gender bias in the industry—stars like Dame Helen Mirren and Kristen Stewart have openly discussed their experiences with Hollywood sexism. Bigelow is one of only four women to have ever been nominated for Best Director (she won the award for The Hurt Locker in 2008). According to TIME, roughly seven percent of the 250 top-grossing films in 2014 were directed by women. 

On Tuesday, The ACLU sent letters to the federal government asking them to investigate the apparent discrepency between the number of men and women hired for director jobs. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the action could mandate Hollywood to consider female directors for their films. 

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