- This trending Twitter hashtag is a lot less sexy than you think Sunday 7:23 PM
- TikTok users share life-changing realizations they’ve had while in the shower Sunday 7:04 PM
- People are torn over viral TikTok of girl cleaning friend’s room Sunday 4:01 PM
- Did Pete Buttigieg seriously just rip-off a famous Obama speech? Sunday 2:50 PM
- The most dangerous TikTok challenges we’ve seen—so far Sunday 2:22 PM
- PewDiePie wants Bernie Sanders to host meme review Sunday 1:44 PM
- Hilary Duff records confrontation with ‘creep’ taking photos of kids Sunday 1:08 PM
- BTS may have used Twitch streamer’s voice in song without permission Sunday 12:15 PM
- Gigi Hadid absolutely obliterates Jake Paul over Zayn Malik diss Sunday 10:26 AM
- People really want Chris Matthews fired after he compared Sanders’ Nevada win to Nazi invasion of France Sunday 9:35 AM
- Bernie Sanders wins Nevada Caucuses Saturday 6:54 PM
- MSNBC is out of its mind over Sanders leading Nevada Saturday 5:20 PM
- Kim Kardashian dragged for using makeup to darken her hands Saturday 4:13 PM
- TikTok users show how they turned their vehicles into incredible tiny homes Saturday 3:44 PM
- Woman iconically pranks man who sent her an unsolicited d*ck pic Saturday 2:25 PM
For female directors and writers, Hollywood sexism still prevalent
7 percent of successful directors are women. 7 percent!
Each year, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film releases a report on the professional progress of women in the film industry. Although as it turns out, “progress” may be too strong a word.
In the 17 years since the annual reports began, the number of successful female directors has actually fallen. Women made up 7 percent of the directors working on the top 250 highest-grossing movies, a 2 percent drop since 1998.
This news was conveniently timed to coincide with the Directors Guild of America announcing its list of award nominees for 2014. The shortlist in the feature film category consists of five male directors, a decision that many people found surprising because it snubbed Ava DuVernay, director of Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. The subtext here is that even if you’re one of the few women who claws her way to the top of the directorial career ladder, you’re still not going to receive recognition for your work.
Variety shared the results of the 2014 study, revealing that “women were best represented as producers (23%) followed by executive producers (19%), editors (18%), writers (11%) and cinematographers (5%).” However, even the comparatively high number of female producers isn’t all that impressive—and that number has decreased since the earlier years of the study.
Dr. Martha Lauzen, the primary author of the study, points out that these numbers aren’t a result of women not being interested in filmmaking. Between a third and half of film students are women, and there’s obviously no shortage of women and girls in the audience—especially for female-led movies like Frozen, The Hunger Games, and Maleficent.
Women just aren’t getting hired to do important jobs in the film industry, and that’s a systemic problem. As director Lexi Alexander put it on Twitter:
Photo via Joe Mabel/Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0)
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor