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For the first decade or so of the film industry, women dominated.

50% of Hollywood releases up until 1925 were written by women.

Female stars could expect top billing, had control over who directed and wrote for them, and were paid as much — and often more — than their male counterparts.

The first star to sign a million dollar contract was a woman.

The first studio head was a woman.

The highest paid screenwriter between 1915 and 1935 was a woman.

In the teens, Universal was famous for its army of female directors.

What happened?