WEEK IN WOMEN: Lauzen’s Stats Show Male Critics 2 to 1 over Females – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Female film critics writing for print, online and broadcast media in 2019 continue to be outnumbered by male writers by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, according to the latest annual study from Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

According to her report “Thumbs Down 2019: Film Critics and Gender, and Why It Matters,” women accounted for only 34 percent of all the reviewers out of the 380 individuals whose work is included on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and only 32 percent of the 4,750 reviews counted in the survey during spring 2019. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Martha Lauzen is a member of AWFJ’s Board of Advisors.

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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.