Women have lost ground in television’s most important daypart, both in front of and behind the cameras, according to a new report.
The study from San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film finds that prime-time television was less hospitable toward women in the 2013-14 season, Deadline.com reports.
The percentage of female characters with speaking roles declined to 42 percent in the most recent TV season, down from 43 percent in the previous season, the study found.
“Again proving that male actors continue to dominate the television landscape, the report found that 44% of programs studied employed four or fewer women, compared with only 1% of programs that employed four or fewer men,” the piece adds.
In 2013-14, 27 percent of all behind-the-scenes roles (such as writers, creators, editors and directors) were filled by women, down 1 percentage point from 2012-2013.
Said Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film: “For many years, women have experienced slow but incremental growth both as characters on screen and working in key positions behind the scenes. However, that progress, small though it was, now appears to have stalled. However, when women are employed behind the scenes, they make a difference.”