Statistics decrease for women film directors

One may think that the awareness for gender equality in the film industry last year would have seen an increase in women roles across the board, but in actual fact the results are quite damning.

The  number of women directing Hollywood movies declined in 2018, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. Women accounted for just 8 percent of directors working on the top 250 domestic grossing movies, a decrease in 11 percent since 2017. This is the lowest it’s been in 20 years since 1998.

Martha Lauzen, executive director of the center and author of the report, said the findings show just how resistant Hollywood is to achieving gender equality. “I am not surprised by the results,” Lauzen told CNBC Make It . “The numbers have been remarkably stable for the last 20 years.”

So how can the industry change this situation for the better?
Martha Lauzen said; “This radical underrepresentation is unlikely to be remedied by the voluntary efforts of a few individuals or a single studio. Without a large-scale effort mounted by the major players — the studios, talent agencies, guilds and associations — we are unlikely to see meaningful change.”


Here are some stats on the top 100 grossing films of 2018, women represented:

  • 4% of directors
  • 15% of writers
  • 3% of cinematographers
  • 18% of producers
  • 18% of executive producers
  • 14% of editors

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