There is a great deal written about women film makers that started as long ago as 1920. Women were very influential in silent films (writer, directors, film makers)...some using their own names, some using pseudo names. Some were also actresses, such as Lillian Gish, Mabel Normand, Lois Weber and Nazimova that became very influential in films. The women I just mentioned were born in the late 1880's-90's.......I love some of those old movies. There have been many biographies written about these women and other women from the 30's, 40's and 50's. The women from those times always fascinated me, they struck out and became successful probably in a much less monetary way than their male contemporaries, but achieved success in ways we never thought women could. There were also a lot of women who made waves in political ways, it could be an Alice Roosevelt or Eleanor Roosevelt, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis.......they achieved a success that was extremely rare in their times.