Happy Women in Horror Month!

Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by

Hannah Neurotica created Women in Horror Month six years ago. February is cause to celebrate the women who write, direct, produce, act, make art, or are any way related to the horror genre and assist them in gaining equal opportunity and exposure in the horror community. WiHM also works towards breaking down gender constructs, and educating the public about inequality in the horror genre.

From the WiHM mission statement:
“Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. The vision is a world wherein all individuals are equally given the opportunity to create, share, and exploit their concept of life, pain, and freedom of expression. 
WiHDiscrimination runs rampant in Hollywood and it is very difficult for females (even well-known actresses) to get their films funded by major studios. Statistics prove that women are still not offered the same opportunities as men due to a variety of reasons from discrimination to female professionals accepting less than they are worth in order to receive the same opportunities as their male colleagues. 
WiHM focuses on supporting the achievements of women who utilize the most extreme mirror available in storytelling: horror. We encourage women to explore and represent these horrors constructively, in positive environments. 
WiHM was created with no exclusion. Men play a vital part in the female gender reaching equality. There are many male WiHM supporters and artists who choose to assist and work with professional and talented underrepresented females. Be a guiding example of a male who respects both genders equally. We all must take personal responsibility in our beliefs, values, and actions. Participating in positive, constructive environments that encourage and provide a safe platform for women to share and explore is vital. 
Every February, WiHM supporters host events (blood drives, film screenings, art shows), write blogs and articles, conduct interviews, and create videos and podcasts for mass consumption. 
Women in Horror Month is all about expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakersand artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry.”

Every year, Hannah Neurotica and The Soska Sisters create a PSA to encourage the community to give back in a way that honors women in horror: giving blood. This year’s Massive Blood Drive anthology includes work from women directors from all over the world, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Hannah Neurotica, Maude Michaud, Tamae Garateguy, Jimena Monteoliva, Jessica Cameron, Patricia Chica, Jill Sixx, Chelsey Burdon, and the Soska Sisters.

How are you celebrating Women in Horror Month? 

Thanks for reading! XOXO

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