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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hollywood's Glass Ceiling

Women still a rarity in top film jobs

The number of women in prominent filmmaking positions has remained stagnant since 1998, according to San Diego State University's 'Celluloid Ceiling' study

A woman is more likely to hold a seat on a Fortune 500 company board (15%), serve as a member of the clergy (15%) or work as an aerospace engineer (10%) than she is to direct a Hollywood movie (7%).
A year after Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to winan Oscar for best director for "The Hurt Locker," a new study indicates that the share of top behind-the-scenes positions held by women in Hollywood remains stagnant at low levels.
Women held 16% of key jobs such as director and producer on the top 250 films of 2010 (as measured by domestic box-office receipts), according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. That's steady from the 2009 figures and about the same level as in 1998, when the center launched its "Celluloid Ceiling" report.
"People were talking about the Bigelow effect, and would her success open the door for other women," said Martha Lauzen, executive director of the center. "It affected her career, but we're not at that point where there's a halo effect that reaches out to other women."
Photo: Kathryn Bigelow made history when she won best director for "The Hurt Locker," which also won best picture.(Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment)

Published 2-1-11


Nicholas Ambe said...

I'll start off by saying that The Hurt Locker is a great film that is well shot and also well acted, it deserves every bit of recognition as well as the best picture award. Kathryn Bigelow winning the award for best director may also inspire other women to pick up a camera and start making films of their own,although some people might not think the same I believe that her winning such an outstanding award is a huge accomplishment in itself. Women can definitely be in the same field as men especially when it comes to film and it doesn't need to be directing it can be writing scripts, some of the most successful authors are women.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was interesting that the article stated this was a problem with unemployment of women in the industry. Well, they may have to seek employment elsewhere, and beware everyone is struggling. It’s well known that, women and other minorities have had a difficulty breaking through certain fields. It all takes time, but the door has been cracked open. Specialty fields are very competitive. It will take longer. I don’t know if women being unemployed in this industry is a big deal. When I go see a movie I don’t stop and wonder if a male or a female directed it. Actually, I normally don’t know who directed a movie. When the director comes across the screen I’m still getting my popcorn…or pushing the bucket under the seat. However, I did feel a valid point was made stating that films can be made with a different point of view. There is a difference in how men and women do things. Adding variety can never be a bad thing. (ALEE 940 WHT)

Anonymous said...

woman are starting to do more in the film industry and alot of directing positions on lifetime movie network they are just not getting the respect and notarity as the men. when women start getting there due respect we can then hope to see them in directing hollywood movies.

sara phoenix

Anonymous said...

When it comes to filmaking, I think that women are very important. In general, women tend to be very critical and imaginitive. Althought it would never work this way, women should be entered into any field with the utmost respect...

Nicole Baxter COM 101-4080

Anonymous said...

Being only slightly familiar with the industry, having only second hand knowledge from friends who are producers and directors, I must rely on what the LA Times is saying. I read this article three times, but didn't see the statistic forr how many qualified women vs. how many qualified men there are in the industry in the key positions as producer and director. Are the numbers equal? If there are half as many women in the industry as men, then wouldn't one expect the number to be lower? Although this next statement relates to television it might hold true to the big screen; my friend Karla co-produced COPS for years and she said there were not alot of women willing to put career before family and that is why there were fewer women producers.

Martina - Phoenix HUM/114