Women played essential behind-the-scenes roles as the American movie industry was taking off. So what happened? In the article below, The New Yorker's Margaret Talbot discovers that as the film industry became an increasingly modern, capitalist enterprise, consolidated around a small number of leading studios, each with specialized departments, it grew harder for women, especially newcomers, to slip into nascent cinematic ventures, find something that needed doing, and do it.

 

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