Dr. Martha Lauzen's latest study, Women and the Big Picture, is the first study to track women's behind-the-scenes employment on the top 700 theatrical released films (foreign films omitted) in a single year.
The findings indicate that films with women directors (as well as those with at least one-third female executive producers and producers) employed substantially higher percentages of women in other key behind-the-scenes roles. For example, on films with female directors, women comprised 52% of writers. In contrast, on films with exclusively male directors, women accounted for just 8% of writers.
Overall, women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers. By role, women accounted for 27% of producers, 21% of executive producers, 18% of editors, 13% of directors, 13% of writers, and 9% of cinematographers. When compared with figures for the top 250 films, the percentages of women directors and cinematographers almost double. As these are arguably the most male-identified roles, the findings indicate that hiring decisions for these positions may be most susceptible to mainstream film industry biases and expectations about what directors and cinematographers should look like demographically.
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Last updated: Feb. 10, 2016