Posted Tuesday 07 Oct 2014
We are not alone - women throughout the film and television industry are questioning the gender imbalance and asking what we can do to fix it - read on....
Only 23% of films globally had female protagonists from 2010 to 2013, and 31% of speaking characters were women, according to a global gender in film study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media conducted by Dr. Stacy Smith, USC Annenberg. Just 8% of those films had female directors. Despite the popularity of female-led blockbusters like "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight," the Institute's research suggests that women have not advanced their influence in films since the 1940s. "So many people assume that we are done.... The percentage of female lead characters and speaking characters have yet to improve," said Davis. KPCC-FM (Los Angeles)(9/23), CBS News (9/23), USA Today (9/22), Time.com (9/22), Upworthy (9/23), Bloomberg BNA (free content) (9/22), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/24), The Huffington Post (9/24)
The Women's Steering Committee of the Directors Guild of America celebrated its 35th anniversary on Saturday, and put out a call to increase the number of women who work on television shows and in films. The DGA released a report last week that showed that just 17% of the 776 episodic TV directors in the 2013-2014 season were female. The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (9/22)
Study: Women are the minority in movies across the world
Commentary: Why India needs powerful women in Bollywood, and beyond
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (9/23)