Women protest at Cannes Festival for Equality

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Hollywood stars took over the red carpet at the Cannes film festival in a call for equality among men and women.

Cate Blanchet, Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek were among 82 actresses, filmmakers and producers who stood arm in arm.

The number of protesters represented the 82 films by female directors who have competed for the top Palme d’Or prize since 1946 – compared with the nearly 1,700 male contenders.

“We demand that our workplaces are diverse and equitable so they can best reflect the world in which we live,” said Blanchett in a statement read out with the legendary 89-year-old French director Agnes Varda.

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