The Media, Diversity, & Social Change (MDSC) Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has released its latest study, “examining gender and race/ethnicity on screen and behind the camera across the 100 top‐grossing fictional films.”
The study, which examines gender, race, and LGBT status using 700 films released between 2007 and 2014, paints a bleak picture and highlights the harsh reality of Hollywood. If you are anything other than white, male, and heterosexual — you’re going to have a rough go of it.
The most stark aspect of the study is the lack of women with speaking parts in major films.
And the stats on women working behind the scenes were also pretty disappointing,
Across the 100 top films of 2014, only 15.8% of content creators working as directors, writers, and producers were women. Women only accounted for 1.9% of directors, 11.2% of writers, and 18.9% of producers. Put differently, only 2 women directed across the 100 top films of 2014. This is not different from 2013 (2 female directors across 100 top films) or 2007 (3 female directors across 100 top films). Twenty‐eight women have worked as directors across the 700 top films from 2007 to 2014. Only three were African American.
Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay, one of the 3 African-American women referenced in the study, and the sole African-American woman director for 2014, commented on the study via Twitter.
You see that sickening @MDSCInitiative report today? How can we look at that and expect the stories to be full-bodied and inclusive?
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) August 6, 2015
Read the study HERE.