Kathryn Bigelow, Director, Producer, and Writer
First woman (and only, to date) to win an Oscar for Best Director, awarded for her 2010 film, The Hurt Locker.
"If there's specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can't change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies. It's irrelevant who or what directed a movie, the important thing is that you either respond to it or you don’t. There should be more women directing; I think there's just not the awareness that it's really possible. It is."
Tech.Mit, Photograph via Columbia University School of the Arts