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Facts to Know About Women in Hollywood

1) Women account for 51% of moviegoers. (MPAA 2018)

2) On the top 100 grossing films of 2019, women represented:

  • 12% of directors
  • 20% of writers
  • 2% of cinematographers
  • 26% of producers
  • 19% of executive producers
  • 23% of editors

(Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film)

3) On the top 250 grossing films of 2019, women comprised 6% of composers. This represents no change since 2019. (Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film)

4) Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director. Only five women have ever been nominated (Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Bigelow, and Greta Gerwig).

5) In 2018 “Mudbound’s” Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Cinematography.

6) 43 of 2019’s top 100 films featured a female lead or co-lead. (Inclusion Initiative)

7) 68% of all female characters were white in the top 100 films of 2019. 20% were Black, 7% were Asian, and 5% were Latina. (Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film)

8) On the top 500 films of 2019, movies with at least one female director employed greater percentages of women writers, editors, cinematographers, and composers than films with exclusively male directors. (Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film)

9) DIVERSITY SELLS:

  • In 2018, films with casts that were 21-30% minority enjoyed the highest median global box office receipts. In 2019, this honor went to films with casts that were 41-50% minority.
  • Films with casts that were 41-50% minority were released in the most international markets, on average, in both 2018 and 2019.

(UCLA)

10) During the 2018-2019 broadcast network TV season:

  • Women accounted for 31% of all creators, directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography working on broadcast network, cable, and streaming programs
  • 96% of the programs considered had no women directors of photography, 79% had no women directors, 77% had no women editors, 77% had no women creators
  • 17% of female characters were Black, 6% were Latina, and 7% were Asian
  • On programs with at least one woman creator, females accounted for 49% of major characters
  • On programs with exclusively male creators, females comprised 43% of major characters

(Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film)

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