Women On Film – Dr. Martha Lauzen’s 2009 Celluloid Ceiling Report – Jennifer Merin reports

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Celluloid Ceiling stats guru, Dr. Martha Lauzen’s latest study reveals that women made scant gains in Hollywood during 2008:

A preview of the study indicates that

  • Women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films during 2008, representing a decline of 3 percentage points from 2001 and an increase of one percentage point from 2007.
  • Women accounted for 9% of directors in 2008, an increase of three percentage points from 2007. This figure represents no change from the percentage of women directing in 1998.
  • Twenty two percent (22%) of the films released in 2008 employed no women women directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, or editors. No films failed to employ a man in at least one of these roles..
  • A historical comparison of women’s employment on the top 250 films in 2008 and 1998 reveals that the percentages of women directors and cinematographers have remained stable, whereas the percentages of women writers, executive producers, producers, and editors have declined slightly.

The complete study will be released on March 3, 2009.

Dr. Lauzen’s Thumbs Down Report shows similarly disparate stats regarding professional women film critics.

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  • Virginia Smith Watkins

    Dear Ms. Merin:

    I am writing a book entitled “Women’s Quest for Power”. I am very concerned about some earlier statistics of Dr. Lauzen’s.

    In particular there was something about the roles women played. It concerned fewer roles than men, and very few showing women as the main character, taking leadership, or in any way, strong roles for women. I am wondering if this is still true and if somewhere I could get a quote supporting that. Also how can I access Dr. Lauzen’s recent report with 2008 figures? I would like to alert my readers about this very serious problem. Thank You, Ginny Watkins

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