Just forget all the bullshit you and I are constantly fed (and I sometimes write) about how great things are for women in Hollywood. We did have a better year at the box office with a couple of female led films making it to the top 10, and we did get a woman nominated for best director, BUT and this is a big BUT, when you look even a little bit below the surface you will realize really quickly that things are just terrible for women EVERYWHERE in Hollywood.
Don’t believe me. The stats speak for themselves.
Dr. Martha Lauzen of San Diego State (the guru of stats about women in Hollywood) has released her annual Celluloid Ceiling survey looking at the women working behind the scenes on the top 250 grossing movies of the year and not surprising, women make up only 16% of directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors. That number is down 3 points from 2001 and is the same as 2008.
Women directors are now at 7% down from 9% in 2008 and is the same percentage as it was in 1987 (the year that Dirty Dancing and Baby Boom were released and Cher won her Oscar for Moonstruck.) So while we’ve all been talking about the prominent women who were recognized this past year, the opportunities for women to direct declined.
Women writers make up only 8%. That means that 92% of the films are written from a male perspective.
Women make up:
17% of all executive producers
23% of all producers
18% of all editors
2% of all cinematographers
People, this is a crisis of epic proportions. Things are clearly not improving, they are declining and we are in another severe backlash against women. This is frightening.