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Celluloid Ceiling 2017 Report Shows Increase in Women Behind-the-Scenes Has Stagnated



The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University released their 2017 Celluloid Ceiling Report, a quantified study on the employment of women behind the scenes on the top 100, 250 and 500 domestic films of the year.

Historical Comparison of Percentages <br>of Behind-the-Scenes Women on Top 250 Films
Historical Comparison of Percentages
of Behind-the-Scenes Women on Top 250 Films
The findings were not exactly inspiring: in fact, the study provided evidence that the increase in women working in film as directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers has actually stagnated. In 1998, women accounted for 17% of the above positions in the top 250 films, and in 2017 they still only accounted for 18%. There was an increase this year in the amount of women directing the top 250 films, going from 7% in 2016 up to 11%. But, that increase only puts us back on par with the year 2000, when women also accounted for 11% of top directors. In short, in the span of two decades, there were no significant losses or gains in terms of female employment in key roles on the top 250 films.

The Celluloid Ceiling also found evidence of how great the gender divide is: while many films (about one-third of the top 250) had only men in the roles of director, producer, executive producer, writer, editor or cinematographer, zero of these top films “employed 0 or 1 man in the roles considered.” Within the top 250, there is no all-female equivalent to the male-dominated films being produced. Only 1% of the top 100 films even had 10 or more women working in the considered roles, while 70% had 10 or more men.
Historical Comparison of Percentages <br> Women Employed Behind the Scenes on Top 250 Films by Role
Historical Comparison of Percentages
Women Employed Behind the Scenes on Top 250 Films by Role

The most hopeful piece of information from the study is this: where women are hired in a key creative role, more women are likely to be brought on. In the top 500, films with at least one female director also had higher percentages of women writers (68%), editors (32%), cinematographers (15%) and composers (12%). Compared to productions with exclusively male directors, the numbers are dismal: women are 8% of writers, 14% of editors, 3% of cinematographers and 2% of composers.

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