This article was written by Mary Murphy.
“The statistics are scary.
“In 2007, females were only 2.7% of all the directors and 11.2% of all the writers employed across the 100 top-grossing films,” says Stacy Smith, an associate professor at the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism.
“Under a quarter (20.5%) of the producers were women,” she adds. “Other research shows that these numbers have not really changed over time since the late 1990s. When it comes to behind-the-scenes employment, the numbers for women in the entertainment industry are grim.”
It was to help combat this disadvantage in the playing field that Women in Film was created nearly four decades ago by Tichi Wilkerson Kassel, then-publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. With 18,000 members worldwide, the nonprofit group — which tonight presents its annual Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City — aims to nurture women behind the camera.”
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