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Why Are There So Few Women Behind the Camera?

by Melissa Goodman.

It’s award season in Hollywood, and on top of the nominations buzz, you typically see an uptick in people noticing the stark gender disparities in film.

For the past five years, only about 30 percent of character actors on the big screen have been women. But behind the camera, the gap has been significantly wider.

A recent report found that women accounted for only sixteen percent of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on last year’s top 250 grossing films. This infographic sums things up nicely.

The disparities in directing are particularly pronounced. In feature film directing, only six percent of directors working on the top 250 films of 2013 were women, a three percent decrease from 2012.

Television is bad, too. According to the Directors Guild of America (DGA), women directed only 14 percent of TV episodes last year. Of the 200 shows the DGA analyzed, 38 didn’t hire a single woman. And things for women of color are especially dismal — women of color directed only two percent of TV episodes last year.

Read the rest of this article from Huffington Post.

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