Women’s Progress in Primetime TV Has Stalled Since the 2000s, According to Study
Another year means another “Boxed In” study by San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, and like last year’s findings, 2015 is yet another year that’s not looking so great for women. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the annual analysis on how many women are working behind and in front of the camera concluded that — much like what Nell Scovell claimed in The New York Times last weekend — women’s progress in primetime television has actually stalled, not improved, in recent years:
In 2014-15, females accounted for 42 percent of all speaking characters and 27 percent of creators, executive producers, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on prime-time broadcast programs. Lauzen said that when compared with figures from recent years, these percentages reveal that women’s forward progress in television has stalled. “There is a perception gap between how people think women are faring in television, both on screen and behind the scenes, and their actual employment. We are no longer experiencing the incremental growth we saw in the late 1990s and 2000s.”
In addition, the study made a pretty obvious conclusion about how to get more women working behind and in front of the camera — by putting more women in charge:
Prime-time television shows with at least one woman executive producer or creator featured more female characters, and employed substantially greater percentages of women as directors, writers, and editors, than programs with exclusively male executive producers or creators.
Check out the full study here.