There are fewer female directors in Hollywood than there were in 1998.

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.


In case you missed it… a roundup of all the women director news that happened in the last 24 hours:

May 12th:

ACLU, Citing Bias Against Women, Demands Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices

The Directors Guild of America denies they are part of the problem despite paltry female membership

Kathryn Bigelow, the only woman to ever win an Oscar for Best Directing, releases a statement to Time Magazine calling for gender neutral hiring practices

In an announcement that is not at all suspicious in its timing Marvel insiders suggest they are in talks with Ava DuVernay to direct either Black Panther or Captain Marvel

Meanwhile DuVernay takes to twitter to support ACLU and solicit donations for her independent film company AFFRM which only distributes films directed by poc