Gender studies is a heavily researched field. However, women and their role in cinema is a vastly understudied topic that deals with various aspects of feminism and sexism. The function of women in the film industry has evolved over time and proven to be an interesting area of research regarding the transition from sexual icons to respected professionals. Feminism is a widely researched subject, yet its specific application within cinema is an area that has yet to be studied. This essential reference source examines the representation of women in cinema and provides a feminist approach to various aspects of the film industry including labor, production, and the cultural impact of women in motion pictures. Topics include violence against women, feminist film theory, and psychoanalysis. For directors, industry professionals, writers, screenwriters, activists, professors, students, administrators, and researchers of film studies, gender studies, mass media, and communications.