Each year, the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film releases a report on the progress of women in the film industry. Although as it turns out, “progress” may be too strong a word.
In the 17 years since the annual reports began, the number of successful female directors has actually fallen. Women make up 7% of the directors working on the top 250 highest-grossing movies, a 2% drop since 1998.
Variety shared the results of the 2014 study, revealing that “women were best represented as producers (23%) followed by executive producers (19%), editors(18%), writers (11%) and cinematographers (5%).” However, even the comparatively high number of female producers isn’t all that impressive—and that number has decreased since the earlier years of the study.