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Boxed In: Employment of Behind-the-Scenes Women in the 2009-10 Prime-time Television Season
Click the link on the right for Martha Lauzen's recent study on the status of women in television.  Some of her findings include:
  • Women accounted for 27% of all individuals working in the roles considered.  This represents an increase of 2 percentage points over the 2008-09 season and an increase of 6 percentage points since 1997-98.  It also represents a recent historical high.
  • Women comprised 16% of directors. This represents an increase of 7 percentage points from 2008-09 and an increase of 8 percentage points from 1997-98.  It also represents a recent historical high. 85% of programs employed no women directors.
  • Women accounted for 29% of writers.  This represents no change from the 2008-09 season and an increase of 9 percentage points from 20% in 1997-98. However, it is less than the recent historical high achieved in 2006-07 when women accounted for 35% of writers. 68% of the programs employed no women writers.
Report compiled by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 92182, 619.594.6301

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