AWFJ’s Commentary on Martha Lauzen’s THUMBS DOWN Report – Jennifer Merin

Mainstream media paid scant attention to Martha Lauzen’s “Thumbs Down: Representation of Women Film Critics in the Top 100 U.S. Daily Newspapers” when the report was published on July 28 by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), although the posting was supported by simultaneous distribution to 500 entertainment media and movie industry A-listers. This latest study from the guru of women-in-Hollywood statistics and analysis indicates that 70 percent of movie reviews published in America’s top 100 daily newspapers are written by men, and that 47 percent of those publications — almost half — ran no reviews written by female critics.

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