The celluloid ceiling is still in place, latest statistics show

Posted Wednesday 17 Jan 2018

Of the 250 top-grossing films, 86% had no female directors, while 83% had no female writers, according to the latest report by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Last year, only 1% of the top-grossing films employed 10 or more women in key behind-the-scenes roles, while 70% of films employed 10 or more men in such positions, according to the annual Celluloid Ceiling study, the 20th such annual report card, issued today by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. Surveying the 250 top-grossing films, the study found that overall, women comprised only 18% of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers. That number was virtually unchanged from the 17% who held such roles 20 years ago in 1998.

Read the report here