Every year new studies are released about the number of women working in Hollywood, and every year the results are entirely depressing. BBC reports that only 9% of directors of the top 250 grossing Hollywood films in 2012 were women. For the optimists, the good news is that this number has increased 4% since 2011, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. Tell that to the people infuriated over the missing women amongst this year's Academy Awards upset that Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow is absent from the Best Director group for Zero Dark Thirty. We probably don't need to remind you that she is the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director or that this is the 21st century.
Research also concluded that overall, women make up a lousy 18% of all directors, executive producers, writers, cinematographers and editors. The number of writers in the industry has increased from 10% in 2006 to 15%. Female producers make up 25%, editors range from 20% to 21%, and cinematographers fluctuate between 2% and 4%. This survey collects data from over a decade, by the way. We also know that the indie-film sector is more female friendly overall, and that female directors employ more women behind the camera — neither of which is surprising.
The New York Times published a list of female directors working in 2012. Names include Alison Klayman for her documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about the controversial Chinese artist. Lauren Greenfield's documentary about the revolting and desperate lives of a timeshare mogul and his family, The Queen of Versailles, and Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz were also released last year. Share your disgust, theories, appreciation and hopefulness after checking out the full list over here.