I don't necessarily want to push people to include women just because they're women. I could just as loudly make the same comments about queer directors, or black directors.
I harp on it because this is the environment to do it. This forum is not full of casual filmgoers. Everyone here is passionate about film, and keen to further explore what cinema is and discover greatness, and personally, I think the compiling of a top 100 directors of all time is the perfect time to say hold up, why aren't we watching more by female directors?
I'm just as guilty, let's be clear. I'm only gonna be able to have three or four on the list without resorting to tokenism, which I wouldn't. But I'm planning to do something about that soon. Complacency is only gonna see us continue to make lists of dead white men.
Personally, what gets me is that I love Agnes Varda. To spoil it, she's gonna be at the very top of my list. And yeah, it's only this year that I've really seen any of her films, but seeing her so largely ignored upsets me, because she's so clearly great. MT, I'm sure you feel the same way about Satyajit Ray around here (who I'll admit to only having seen one film by).
And it's not like women aren't doing good work. Varda is clearly doing phenomenal stuff. I think Denis is too, although I know she doesn't always work for everyone. Chantal Akerman is one I'd love to explore more by. Same with a whole host of others. And like I said, I could be just as up about queer directors. Where's Gregg Araki (who will make my list, but I totally understand why he won't make most)?