THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Primetime Emmys Aren’t So Shiny for Women, plus Hollywood Agism and Blunt on Women in Action – Brandy McDonnell comments

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emmy statuette croppedLook beyond the glitzy gowns and golden statuettes at the Primetime Emmy Awards, and the numbers for women aren’t so shiny. A new study, released by the Women’s Media Center in time for the 67th Primetime Emmys (Sept. 20), shows that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has a tarnished record when it comes to gender parity in the creative categories of writing (6), directing (8), editing (10), and producing (20) — categories that cover jobs that have the most influence on what is depicted on the small screen. In the last decade, the nominations have skewed heavily towards male creatives. Out of all nominees in the 44 writing, directing, editing, and producing categories, 2,074 of them were women, representing only 22 percent of the total. There were 7,485 men nominated, 78 percent of the total.nominees. Read more>> in this week’s The Week In Women.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.