Name ten female screenwriters. I am sorry to say I struggled to come up with three, female directors I could name more, but screenwriters, no. Narrowing it down to female screenwriters from the nineteen seventies and eighties and I could only name one – Nora Ephron. This is a disappointing reflection of not only the film industry, but also the social bias where the artistic and creative achievements of women are still often under-valued.
A quick Google search reveals quite a few prominent female scriptwriters working today, but there were many female writers active during the seventies and eighties (and throughout film history), but they do not seem to have received the same recognition as their male counterparts of the same period.
As with any list, this one is very subjective and is open to debate. Precedence was given to screenwriters with a number of screenplays filmed during the seventies and eighties and to writers who wrote significant films of the era. I have not focused on writers of so called ‘women’s films’ as to do so would be to miss the larger picture of the contribution of female screenwriters across genres and styles. Nor have I excluded directors who film their own screenplays or serial collaborators.