Tuesday, January 14, 2014

No Change

And really not much of a surprise.

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University has released its annual “Celluloid Ceiling” report on employment numbers for the top-grossing 250 films, and the numbers aren’t great. Women made up 16 percent of the nearly 3,000 employees surveyed, which is down 2 percent from last year—and what's more, down 1 percent from the numbers in 1998. Essentially, it means there's been no discernable progress in increasing the numbers of women working in film over the past 16 years.

The findings line up with recent data from the Director’s Guild about the number of female television directors, and also include tracking for below-the-line and visual effects jobs. According to the report, the largest represented groups of women working in film are producers (25 percent), editors (17 percent), and production designers (23 percent), but they make up only 6 percent of directors, 4 percent of sound designers, and 3 percent of cinematographers. ...

Well, there are a lot more women who are producers, anyway. Also more women working as production designers.

But TAG's stats are pretty much in line with much of the biz: 17 percent of unionized animation work is female. And it's pretty much the same year in and year out.


Unknown said...

You do realize that women leave the business to raise children don't you? I'm not refuting your issue entirely, but of all the posts you have made about the disparity in gender numbers, you NEVER mention that very important fact.

It is a "phenomenon" that skews the numbers drastically. 81% of women have children in their adult life. Women take off for maternity leave. And even drop out of the labor force to raise children. Which slows down their pay rate. With this being the reality of the situation, you are never going to see the "fair" numbers you want to see by your simple approach of bean counting.

The sad fact this reveals is that the film industry will forget you if you drop out of the race.

Diablo said...

Hey, Chevy Nova,the other fact also forgotten is that fewer women apply for the artists jobs than their male counterparts. We never get to see those numbers either. But I suspect that the gender disparity will be more or less equal when you look at the gender distribution of the applications. In fact, if a studio is close to 50% female animators and 50% male ones, then I would suspect that females are getting preferential treatment. In our studio, almost no females apply.

Anonymous said...

This issue seems to come up a lot that there are not enough women in animation/film. I have to agree with Chevy Nova on this one that women do leave the work force to have children or maybe couples prefer that the mother stays at home to raise their children and be there when they get home from school. I actually would prefer that with as I believe it is good for the family and for children. My wife works though cause face it animation isnt the booming long term employment type job so we would of been in the poor house a few times if it wasnt for my wonderful wife and her job. Having worked in feature animation and now games I have personally never witnessed females not being hired due to their sex. I cannot speak for everyone but sometimes I feel the issue is a bit blown out of proportion.

Steve Hulett said...

You do realize that women leave the business to raise children don't you?

Dear Mr. Nova:

Yeah, I'm aware of it. Most women in the biz have had children. My spouse, as a matter of fact, works in the industry and had two. She has worked in the business for three decades.

(I stayed home with the first for six months when she was an assistant supervisor at Disney Feature.)

No argument that women are the ones who bear children. Bit of an argument that women are necessarily the ones who drop out of work to raise them. (Some do, others don't.)

I'm not refuting your issue entirely,...

Nice of you.

... but of all the posts you have made about the disparity in gender numbers, you NEVER mention that very important fact.

I'm making the assumption that the upright carbon life forms reading posts here are aware that women bear children. And don't need to be told.

Maybe I'm wrong.

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