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Nearly 90% of Women Report Gender-Based Obstacles to Career Advancement in Media

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) released a study last month, Women and Leadership: A Study of Gender Parity and Diversity in Canada’s Screen Industries, which found that almost 90% of women in screen-based media report gender-based obstacles to advancing their career.

In the US, the percentages of women that succeed in various entertainment professions are the same as in Canada and other parts of the world: women have more advancement opportunities when they are working on television dramas; on OTT streaming television media such as Netflix; and when they work as writers (more so than as directors) in all types of media. However, even in the most gender-balanced fields, women never make up more than 30% of the profession. 

Of the 561 individuals surveyed, 87% of women respondents believe that women face unique career limitations in media, obstacles that are not encountered by men. Respondents indicated the most significant differences women face are pay inequity and lack of recognition for performance.

The study identified Sweden as a leading example in achieving gender parity in media production.To read the study in full, click here.


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