13 photos of women in film kicking ass, taking names, and making movie magic.

Don't let the Oscars, Golden Globes, or any award show fool you: Women filmmakers exist.

Not only do they write, direct, edit, and produce the films we love, they make it all happen in an industry predominantly led by men. Many of these women had to work twice as hard to get half as far as their male counterparts, but it didn't stop them from pursuing their passions, and telling stories on the big screen.

In the wake of  #TimesUp and #MeToo, women directors decided to start an empowering social media movement of their own — #femalefilmmakerfriday.

Aline Brosh McKenna, showrunner and co-creator of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," and the writer behind "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Annie" (2014), kicked things off Jan. 26 by sharing a photo of herself on set.


Other women in film quickly joined in, sharing photos of their time behind the camera.

The new weekly tradition continues with big names, rising stars, and passionate fans sharing their favorite behind-the-scenes photos of women in film.

This seemingly small act is a big win for representation. Not only do fellow women in film get to celebrate their peers, but fans get to see and learn more about the talented women behind the scenes. And young girls considering careers in filmmaking get to see the strong community waiting to welcome them into the ranks. It's a weekly exercise in positive representation — and it's awesome.

Here are 13 of my favorite photos so far.

1. Women in film are telling their own stories ...

2. ... and elebrating triumphs ...

3. ... and sharing things they've learned.

4. And whether they're a woman who’s already "made it"...

5. ... or is just starting a new challenge ...

6. ... everyone has something to contribute.

7. Because this community of women is bigger ...

8. ... stronger ....

9. ... and more talented than anyone gives them credit for.

10. And the fans wholeheartedly agree.

11. So pull a few more seats up to the table, Hollywood.

12. Because women in film are here to stay.

13. And we can't wait to see what they dream up next.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.