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by Melissa Silverstein
February 23, 2014 9:21 PM
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Statistics on the State of Women and Hollywood

FILM

2013

Women OnScreen

In the top 100 grossing films

  • Women represent a total of 30% of characters, 29% of speaking parts and just 15% of protagonists/leads 
  • Women are younger than men onscreen. The majority of women on screen are in their 20s and 30s, while men are in their 30s and 40s. Males over 40 make up 55% of all male characters, while females over 40 make up 30% of all characters.
  • 78% of male characters have definable occupations compared with 60% of female characters, and more men are seen in the workplace.
  • 73% of female characters are white. African-American characters make up 14%, Latinas 5%, Asian 3%; otherworldly 3%; and other 2%. 
  • 17% of all characters are leaders, but of those characters 21% were men and 8% were women.

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

Women Behind the Scenes

  • Women were 16% of the directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Women directed 6% of the films.
  • Women wrote 10% of the movies.
  • Women comprised 15% of all executive producers.
  • Women accounted for 25% of all producers.
  • Women comprised 17% of all editors.
  • Women accounted for 3% of all cinematographers.
  • Women comprised 2% of all composers.
  • Women accounted for 23% of production designers.
  • Women comprised 4% of sound designers.
  • Women accounted for 9% of all supervising sound editors.
  • Women comprised 2% of all special effects supervisors.
  • Women accounted for 5% of all visual effects supervisors.


Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

2012

Women Behind the Scenes

  • Women were 18% of the directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Women directed 9% of the films.
  • Women wrote 15% of the movies.
  • Women comprised 17% of all executive producers.
  • Women accounted for 25% of all producers.
  • Women comprised 20% of all editors.
  • Women accounted for 2% of all cinematographers.

Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film 

2011


Women Behind the Scenes

  • Women directed 5% of the top grossing films.
  • Women wrote 14% of the top grossing films.
  • Women comprised 18% of all executive producers.
  • Women comprised 25% of all producers.
  • 20% of all editors were women.
  • 4% of all cinematographers were women.

Stats from the Center for Study of Women in TV and Film

2010

Women Behind the Scenes


• Women directed 7% of the top 250 grossing films.
• Women wrote 10% of the top 250 grossing films of 2010
• Women comprised 15% of all executive producers.
• Women comprised 24% of all producers.
• 18% of all editors were women.
• 2% of all cinematographers were women.

Stats from the Center for Study of Women in TV and Film

2009

Women Behind the Scenes

  • Women directed 7% of the top 250 grossing films.
  • Women wrote 8% of the top 250 grossing films.
  • Women made up 23% of all producers
  • 18% of all editors were women
  • 2% of all cinematographers were women.

Center for the Study of Women in TV and Film, San Diego State U.


2008

Women Behind the Scenes
 

  • Only 6 of the top 50 grossing films (12 of the top 100 films) starred or were focused on women.
  • Women comprised 9% of all directors.
  • Women accounted for 12% of writers.
  • Women comprised 16% of all executive producers.
  • Women accounted for 23% of all producers.
  • Women accounted for 17% of all editors.
  • Women accounted for 25% of production managers.
  • Women comprised 44% of production supervisors.
  • Women accounted for 20% of all production designers.
  • Women comprised 5% of sound designers.
  • Women accounted for 5% of supervising sound editors.
  • Women comprised 1% of key grips.
  • Women accounted for 1% of gaffers.
  • Women comprise only 23% of film critics at daily newspapers.
  • Women comprised 22% of directors working on films appearing at the major film festivals compared to 9% on top grossing films.
  • Women accounted for 19% of writers working on films appearing at festivals but only 12% on top grossing films.
  • Women accounted for 33% of producers working on films appearing at festivals but only 20% of those working on top grossing films.
  • Women comprised 23% of editors working on festival films compared to 17% of those working on top grossing films.
  • Women comprised 9% of directors of photography working on festival films but only 4% of those working on top grossing films.
  • Overall, women comprised a larger percentage of behind-the-scenes workers on documentaries than narrative features.  Of all behind-the-scenes individuals working on documentaries, 29% were female and 71% were male.  Of all behind-the-scenes individuals working on narrative features, 18% were female and 78% were male.


Center for Study of Women in TV and Film at San Diego State University 


2007

  • In 2007, women only comprised 15% of all directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 grossing films.
  • In 2007, only 6% of the top 250 grossing films were directed by women.
  • In 2007, only 5 of the top 50 films starred or were focused on women.


 Center for Study of Women in TV and Film at San Diego State University 

TV

2012-13 Season

Women represent 14% of episodic TV directors -  DGA

UK

Women represent on 14% of TV director in the UK for the 2011-12 season - Directors UK

2011-12  Season

  • 11% of caucasian women and only 4% of minority women directed scripted TV episodes. (DGA)


  • Women comprised 26% of all creators on broadcast programming.
  • Women made up 25% of executive producers.
  • Women accounted for 38% of producers.
  • Women comprise 30% of the writers.
  • Women made up 11% of directors.
  • Women accounted for 13% of the editors.
  • Women made up 4% of directors of photography.

Stats are from the Center for Study of Women in TV and Film at San Diego State University.

Women writers make up 28 percent of television writers. (WGAW)


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5 Comments

  • Lisa | August 15, 2014 4:40 PMReply

    You'll want to correct your second bullet point stat about women over 40. It's not 30% of all characters, it's 30% of all female characters (so it's a comparable stat to the men). And now HuffPo has linked and spread the incorrect stat. :(

    The report states: "•Female characters remain younger than their male counterparts. The
    majority of female characters were in their 20s (26%) and 30s (28%). The majority of male
    characters were in their 30s (27%) and 40s (31%).
    •Males 40 and over accounted for 55% of all male characters. Females 40 and over comprised
    30% of all female characters.

  • wellywoodwoman (Marian) | June 8, 2011 11:17 AMReply

    Many thanks for collecting these and putting them together, Melissa. Exactly what I need right now. I think Dana's co-ordination idea is terrific, really admire the work that Les Realisatrices Equitable are doing. And I believe that the co-ordination could incorporate all of us round the world who generate useful resources to share. For instance, Screen Australia has recently produced two great reports from their Beyond The Box Office research: http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/research/beyond_box_office.aspx. These do not analyse the box office for women-centric or women-directed films, but they do offer some excellent analysis of what screens women are watching on in various Australian demographics, and I have found the info very useful. I think at least some of the information is transferable to other territories. I'm also trying to work out questions to establish what films about women viewers might welcome. It's not easy—of course—and would love any feedback, at http://wellywoodwoman.blogspot.com

  • raymondj | March 25, 2011 5:34 AMReply

    I love your site, but I always cringe when I see the category "Factoids"! That word is not a synonym for trivia/statistics, and the actual meaning of the word means something that resembles a fact, but actually is untrue. I suppose the label could be irony, but I think it's too muddled and not coming off well, if that is the intent. In either case, I would advocate for a label-change!

  • Z Budapest | March 18, 2011 6:57 AMReply

    Do you have any word about Hungarian women's films? Or TV shows.Hungary used to have a very fecund Film /TV industry. What are they doing now?
    many thanks..zb

  • Dana Kephart | February 12, 2011 11:15 AMReply

    Women in the Canadian film industry are confronted with many of the same problems as the US. One women's organization in Quebec is very active . Their site is http://realisatrices-equitables.com/. Although the site is in French you can send them messages in English.

    This Quebec organization is pushing the provincial government to give equal opportunities to women. In their Documents area they have a study about women in the local film industry which reflects the findings of the " Celluloid Ceiling" study. It would be good to coordinate efforts in US and Canada, and create exchanges.

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