Study Shows a Shift Toward More Women Working in TV

Sep 5, 2013  •  Post A Comment

More women are working in television, but the industry’s glass ceiling remains pretty solidly in place, reports TheWrap.com.

During the 2012-13 season, women made up 28% of the creators, producers, directors, writers, editors, and directors of photography working on broadcast programs, the story notes, citing a study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

That number represents a 2% gain from the previous year and ties the historical high set in 2007-08.

"It’s positive that we’re seeing some growth,” said Martha Lauzen, the center’s executive director. “It’s not great strides, but it would be unrealistic to expect a large industry like television to turn around overnight. Change doesn’t happen overnight, it happens slowly.”

The report adds: "The representation of women on television was wider than on the big screen, where women find fewer opportunities. An earlier study by the center revealed that women represented just 18 percent of all directors, producers, writers, cinematographers and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films."

The picture is brighter for women working in front of the television cameras. The story notes: "Thanks to shows like ‘The Good Wife’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ that feature strong roles for women, the number of speaking parts for actresses on broadcast channels was tied with a historical high. Forty three percent of all speaking parts and 43 percent of major characters on broadcast shows were female, which represented a 2 percent bump from the 2011-12 season."

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