White men continue to dominate the ranks of Hollywood film directors, with women representing just 4 percent of directors of the top 100 movies made in each of the last 10 years, according to a USC study released Wednesday.
The report by the Annenberg Foundation and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism also found that during the study period, 80 percent of women directors made only one film, while only about 55 percent of male directors made just one movie.
The study examined 1,114 directors of 1,000 films released between 2007 and 2016, finding that for every one female director, there were 24 men, and there was no statistical change in the percentage of female directors over the years.
“Thus, there has been no meaningful change in the prevalence of female directors across the top films from 2007 to 2016,” according to the report.
Of the 45 female directors identified during the 10-year study period, only three were black and three were Asian. Of all the 1,114 directors identified, 5 percent were black, and 3 percent were Asian.
“In conclusion, the results presented in this report demonstrate that there is ongoing inequality in the director’s chair for women and people of color,” according to the study. “For women, age also restricts opportunities to work in film. For the last decade, there has been no change and no progress for directors who deviate from the white, male director prototype.”
—City News Service
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