Here’s why Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” reboot has even more "girl power" than you thought

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By Anna Silman
August 26, 2015 6:27PM (UTC)
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Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon (AP/Jordan Strauss/Arthur Mola/Reuters/Mario Anzuoni/Jonathan Alcorn)

Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” redux — helmed by the comedy dream team of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon — has been heralded as a major feminist milestone within pop culture.

But McCarthy wants to let you know that the film’s “girl power” ethos extends behind the scenes as well. On Tuesday, she shared a photo of herself and her costars, along with the many other cast and crew-members who have helped bring the production to life (can you spot Cecily Strong beaming above Leslie Jones’ left shoulder?).


We are at a point in time where the conversation about gender inequality in Hollywood is the loudest it has ever been, and yet the number of leading roles both onscreen and behind the scenes remains dismal, with women holding only 17% of major behind the scene roles (directors, writers, producers, EPs, editors, and cinematographers) on the top grossing films of 2014 according to the annual Celluloid Ceiling report. So it's a rare thrill to see a major blockbuster with such a strong female presence onset -- a sentiment Ellen certainly agrees with:

The girls and their proton packs hit theaters next July 15.

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