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It's International Women's Day. Here's Some Sobering Statistics on Women in Movies and TV

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | March 8, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | March 8, 2011 |

In Movies

  • Women directed 7 percent of the top 250 grossing films of 2010

  • Women wrote 10 percent of the top 250 grossing films of 2010

  • Women comprised 15 percent of all executive producers

  • Women comprised 24 percent of all producers

  • 18 percent of all editors were women

  • 2 percent of all cinematographers were women, the same as 2009.

  • 3 of the top 100 grossing films in 2010 were directed by women.

  • There’s only been one female to win a Best Director Oscar (Kathryn Bigelow, 2009)

  • Only 8 women have won an Oscar for Best Original screenplay

    And yet …

  • Given a similar budget, movies created by female filmmakers gross similar box-office numbers to male filmmakers

  • Given a similar budget, movies featuring female protagonists gross similar box-office numbers as films with male protagonists

  • Females make up 55 percent of the movie-going population; there’s a higher percent of female movie-goers in every age group. In 2009, there were 9 million more female moviegoers than male moviegoers

    In Television

  • Women accounted for 27% of all creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working.

  • Between 2004 and 2009, depictions of violence against women on television increased 120 percent on the networks.

  • Thanks to Seth Macfarlane, Fox is also highlighted for using violence against women as a punch line.

    (Sources: Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, Indiewire, Media Report Women )

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