Martha Lauzen’s Latest Stats Study: No Progress on On-Screen Gender Equality! – Jennifer Merin reports

Dr. Martha Lauzen, who heads San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Film and Television, has just released her latest study about on-screen representations of female characters in the top 100 grossing films of 2014. Dr. Lauzen has been tracking the disparity in roles for women for decades. Year after year, her exacting studies show that there is little change in the stats. Gain a few points one year, lose a few the next. Progress is flat, and that’s always the disappointing non-news. Read on…

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Unconscious Bias and Hollywood’s Arrested Development – Dr. Martha M. Lauzen comments (Exclusive)

Martha Lauzen

Martha Lauzen

As this year’s Oscar nominations attest, the film industry continues to suffer from an acute case of arrested development when it comes to gender diversity. The lack of women nominees as directors, cinematographers, and writers is a symptom of wider biases operating in the business. Read on…

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The Celluloid Ceiling Report 2014 – Jennifer Merin reports

The Celluloid Ceiling is the longest-running and most comprehensive study of women’s behind-the-scenes employment in film available. Currently in its 17th year, this annual study is helmed by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

This year’s stats show that there has been no progress in numbers parity for women working in Hollywood films. In fact, overall, there’s been a slight regression. Read more>>

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Gender @ the Movies: On-line Film Critics and Criticism – Dr. Martha Lauzen Reports Latest Stats

Martha Lauzen

Martha Lauzen

Recent events indicate that gender often plays a role in popular film criticism. In February of this year, Rex Reed, film critic for the New York Observer, made an issue of Melissa McCarthy’s weight in his review of Identity Thief. This incident followed closely on the heels of a (now former) male editor at the Niagara Falls Reporter ordering a critic to refrain from reviewing films with strong female characters. While such anecdotal stories are attention getting, they reveal little about the relationship between gender, film critics, and movie reviews. Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – Dr. Martha Lauzen’s “The Celluloid Ceiling II” – 2009 – Jennifer Merin previews

Dr. Martha Lauzen’s latest study, “The Celluloid Ceiling II,” augments her annual look at women’s behind-the-scenes representation in Hollywood filmmaking by including women working in production management, production design and sound design, as well those employed as key grips and gaffers. The study finds that:

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Women On Film – Will Bollywood Best Hollywood In Opportunities For Women? – Katey Rich comments

With its eight Oscars and $100-million plus box office take, Slumdog Millionaire is opening America’s eyes to the power of India and its film industry–even though the movie is made by a white Englishman and actually has little to do with the Indian filmmaking tradition. For those looking for a more accurate view of Bollywood,

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“Women At The Box Office” – Dr. Martha Lauzen Announces New Women In Hollywood Stats Study

Dr. Martha Lauzen, San Diego State’s Hollywood stats guru, has completed a new study entitled “Women @ the Box Office.”

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“Thumbs Down” – Dr. Martha Lauzen’s Report on Film Critics and Gender

Men write the overwhelming majority of film reviews in the nation’s top newspapers. In Fall 2007, men penned 70% and women 30% of all reviews. Furthermore, of the newspapers featuring film reviews, 47% had no reviews written by women critics, writers or freelancers. In contrast, only 12% had no reviews written by men critics, writers or freelancers.

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