50 Fearless Female Firsts in the Arts

Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché

The French filmmaker is widely considered the first female director. She also wrote, produced, shot, and acted in her own films (her filmography lists hundreds of credits). She rose through the ranks at engineer and inventor Léon Gaumont’s photography company (starting as a secretary), eventually joining his motion picture studio, the Gaumont Film Company. Guy-Blaché is also one of the first women to shoot a narrative film and own her own studio, The Solax Company.