She's only the fourth woman in history to be nominated for the Academy Award. The other three were Jane Campion, Lina Wertmuller and Sofia Coppola. I think that the quote below tells us all we need to know about her opinion on women directing.
She spoke to one journalist at The Governors Ball, and said: "girls who dream of being directors should believe that anything they want to happen can happen"
The Hurt Locker is vintage Bigelow, gripping characters, riveting action and explosives. Kathryn Bigelow proves that female directors can direct action to equal any male director. She has long been demonstrating this.
This is her acceptance speech from the 82nd Academy Awards:
Artist & Film Maker
Kathryn Bigelow's creative journey started in earnest in 1970 - she went to San Francisco Art Institute. It says on the IMDB website that she was a very talented painter. She graduated in 1972 as a Bachelor of Fine Arts and went on to be accepted into a scholarship program in New York where one of her professors was Susan Sontag.
Her first feature length film came in 1982 and was an outlaw-biker movie The Loveless which starred Willem Dafoe.
After this, came my favourite Kathryn Bigelow film, and the one that first brought her onto my 'must see film-maker' radar. The film was Near Dark and Kathryn Bigelow co-wrote it. It's a vampire film - and for my money it's also one of the best vampire films ever made.