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Female Directors Are More Likely To Employ Female Workers Behind The Scenes

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For the behind-the-scenes stars of Hollywood films, snagging a gig is often not an easy task. When it comes to women, job-hunting is far worse especially when the film set they are after is run by a man in the director's chair. Luckily for the hard-working women of Hollywood who does not see any screen time, the tides are somewhat changing, and more women are claiming the director's spot on set. According to a new study, more women are likely to be employed on set by female directors.

"The findings suggest that women directors, executive producers, and producers may serve an important gateway function in the employment of other women in key behind-the-scenes roles," said Martha Lauzen, who conducted the study.

The report finds that women account for 20 percent of the directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers who worked on "theatrically released" films in 2014.


Photo Credit: The Daily Mail

After analyzing roughly 700 films that premiered last year, Lauzen found that "women made up just 13 percent of directors who released a film into theaters and not even one-tenth of the directors on the 250  top-grossing films."

The numbers speak even louder when taking a peek into the writer's room. There are more than half female writers for films directed by women while congruently only 8 percent of female writers for a male-directed movie.

In retrospect, film sets can employ 500 to 1,000 people on average, and the presence of men on set as 80% can be an overwhelming situation for the 20% of other people on set who are women.

In the last few years, women-directed films have been making headlines for their critically acclaimed artistry: Reese Witherspoon's producing debut Wild and Gone Girl in 2014, and three years ago, Kathryn Bigelow took home an Academy Award for her directing of Zero Dark Thirty, starring Jessica Chastain.

Also, Angelina Jolie made her directorial debut with the release of the powerful film (and true story) Unbroken. Jolie walked away with three Oscar nods and eternal praise for the raw and moving work.

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady is a more well-known director who has made her mark on Hollywood before — Meryl Streep took home the Oscar for Best Actress after being directed by Lloyd.

17010-women-directors-meryl-phyllidaPhoto Credit:Telegraph.co.uk

Lloyd took home a CBE Award (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2010 and attested to the fact that a film is nothing without the people behind it.

"The honor was a complete surprise," she noted. "One gets to be the captain of the ship, but ultimately you would not get anywhere without the cast and crew."

We've heard the stories of major actors like Sandra Bullock and Patricia Arquette speaking up about the lack of substantial roles for women in Hollywood. Most recently, Bullock spoke to her role in the new film  Our Brand Is Crisis - a film in which Bullock's lead role was initially meant for a man. "I mean, it was so beautifully written for a man. It wasn't one of those things where you go, 'Hmm, how do we change it to a woman?'," she said.

"You just change the sex;  that was pretty much it. She's human. She deals with addiction; she deals with mental illness. She's brilliant at what she does, and she gets lost in the fact that all she cares about is a win."

Clearly, women roles (or the lack thereof) in front of the camera and behind in Hollywood is an ongoing topic for those trying to keep their jobs, snag a job, or for young women - finding inspiration to get the job.

Header Photo Credit: GeneSeymour.com

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