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January 24, 2014
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  1. January 24, 2014 4:58 pm

    Alison be Burgh was not the first woman fight director, though she was the first woman on the Equity Fight Directors register and around the time she was accepted Kate Waters also was accepted. Here Fight Director can be used by those that direct fights whether they are on the register or not so the claim is rather misleading as other women had and still are directing fights that are not on the register

    • January 27, 2014 4:07 pm

      I did mean “professionally recognized.” Lots of people here also fight direct shows without being SAFD Fight Directors — me, for example — so I’m definitely aware that certification isn’t where it all begins and ends. At the same time, it’s important to me to recognize women’s achievements within these organizations when we’re so outnumbered at the highest levels.

      I’ve clarified the post, and I’ll have to look up Kate Waters’ work, thanks!

      • January 27, 2014 7:17 pm

        Indeed. The equity FD register is under review as the entry requirements and other factors have been held to be anti competitive and have been used in ways that have been felt to unfairly restrict opportunities for employment as fight directors. Partly by setting irrelevant entry requirements for consideration for the register and by implying to the industry that only those on the register are fit to work. I am not on the register and have never had a problem working… I honestly do not see the point of being part of it.

      • February 15, 2015 1:27 pm

        I think it’s important to recognise that that while they can be commendable in many ways, many “professional” organisations spend much of their time, deciding who are able to get in the club. The Equity FD register has been doing that for a long time and without getting in to details, and the nature of this has lead to the Equity FD register being suspended. There are a number of women who have been making a living from being FDs since before Alison and ince without recognition from or direct support by the FD register. in some cases the register, or members of it, were working actively to prevent people from working as FD because they weren’t in the Club, something both morally wrong IMO, but also infringing EU anti competitive laws, due to the close shop nature of the rules they were trying to enforce.
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