In a book and a series of short documentary films called The Female Lead, 60 extraordinary women share their stories of being leaders in their professions, breaking new ground for women, and inspiring change. These women are from all walks of life: from politicians to artists, journalists to teachers, engineers to athletes, and Oscar to Nobel Peace prize winners.
Participants include: Meryl Streep, Samantha Power, Laurene Powell Jobs, Tavi Gevinson, Ava DuVernay, Karlie Kloss, and more.
The Female Lead was launched in February 2017 at the IMAX theater in the Sciences Museum in London. Since then, the videos have shown on many platforms: The Guardian, Sunday Times, Zeit Magazin, I-D.Vice, Le CiNéMa Club and more. The videos were selected for the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology, Edit, in Toronto. The Exhibition addressed four themes of the United Nations Development Program( UNDP) Global Goals for Sustainable Development : Shelter, Nourish, Care and Educate. Gender equality is a central focus of the global goals.
The Female Lead has been founded by data pioneer and entrepreneur Edwina Dunn. The books are donated to schools in the United Kingdom and the United States.