About 81% of the time when people throw out a statistic, they don't know where the number came from or how accurate it is.
Seriously though, when we're talking about numbers as dramatic as the ones that capture the proportion of film positions with decision-making power held by women, its easy to just assume they must be an exagerration.
And so, I present: Exhibit A.
This article on indiewire is a great (and thoroughly cited) summary of the state of women in Hollywood over the past eight years.
The most recent numbers are from 2013 :
- Women directed 4.7% of studio films from 2009-2013
Women directed 10% of independent films from 2009-2013
- Women represent a total of 30% of characters, 29% of speaking parts 15% of protagonists/leads.
- Women are younger than men onscreen. The majority of women on screen are in their 20s and 30s, while men are in their 30s and 40s.