Despite high-profile women like Angelina Jolie, Kathryn Bigelow, and Selma's Ava DuVernay behind the camera, directing movies is still very much a man's industry, according to depressing new data.
Every year, San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film crunches the numbers of behind-the-scenes crew for the top grossing movies of the year, and this year's just-released results are pretty grim. Only 7 percent of the directors of the top 250 films of 2014 were women. That's up a percentage point from 2013, but down two percentage points from 1998.
The most gender-equal behind-the-scenes role was producer, and even then only 23 percent were women. Cinematographers and supervising sound editors fared even worse than directors, with only 5 percent women in each field. Some film sets didn't have a single woman, with 38 percent of the top movies of the year employing either zero or one woman—total—in their entire crew. (But none of them employed zero or one man, of course.)
Sadly, the report shows there's been little to no change on film sets for decades. The researchers compared data since 1998, and found that though there are more women working as executive producers and cinematographers today, there are fewer female writers, directors, producers, and editors. Yet Variety reports that, with women comprising about a third of students at major film schools, the inequality on film sets surely isn't because of a lack of interest in the field. Perhaps, then, more females are moving to television sets, where researchers found gender equality is actually better than ever. (So at least there's good news somewhere?)
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