Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hollywood's Glass Ceiling
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."