Women in View, a national non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Canadian media industry by strengthening gender and cultural diversity both on screen and behind the scenes released a report Focus on Women 2013 and convened a symposium -- Sex Money Media -- to discuss the statistics and what needs to be done to change them. One of the author's of the report and Women in View's Executive Director Rina Fraticelli is calling for a 60-40 split: "no more than 60 per cent and no fewer than 40 per cent of either gender on sets."
Here's some language from their executive summary. (The full report can be read here.)
Canadian women represent more than half the population, and close to half the labour pool, but a much smaller proportion of the work force in television, particularly in the areas of creative influence and financial control. We know from an abundance of contemporary research that women employed in media industries are disproportionately represented in the stereotypically female occupations (hair, make-up), or what are known as “ taking care” roles (production managers, production assistants, line producers, associate producers) in support of those calling the shots - the “taking charge” roles.
There is increasing evidence that even when women succeed in establishing themselves in positions of creative authority, they are rarely seen in the top-most echelons; and that, at almost every level, they earn less than their male counterparts.
The report covers the postions of screenwriter, director and cinematographer on 21 series that were funded by the Canada Media Fund from 2010-2011. These series cover just under $100 million in public funds.
Here are some points from the conclusion: "My Canada Includes Women."
Shortage of Women Behind the Camera (The Toronto Star)
Women not making the cut in Canadian movie and TV industry (The Toronto Star)