Ryan Coogler
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Though many have commented on Black Panther’s incredibly strong female cast — which includes Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and breakout star Letitia Wright — at a press conference in Los Angeles, director Ryan Coogler made sure to also credit the amazing women involved in the production of the film, including Rachel Morrison. Morrison just happens to be the first woman nominated for an Oscar in the cinematography category.

Though hiring women is a key step in gender parity in the workplace, it’s meaningless if women are not valued once hired and it was heartening to hear Coogler say that not only were women represented behind the camera, but their perspectives were integral to all stages to production and even improved the script.

In the wake of the Time’s Up movement it’s important to note that not only is gender parity in the workplace a matter of social justice, but that valuing female voices also improves the quality of the work, and clearly knowing this has paid off for Coogler.