Even though the MeToo Movement sensitized a large audience to the lopsided power dynamics between the genders in Hollywood
, women are only slowly making an inroad into jobs on film sets. As data from the Celluloid Ceiling study sponsored by San Diego State University
shows, the percentage of women working behind-the-scenes on the 250 highest grossing movies in the U.S. market is slowly rising. Still, only 20 percent of those who staffed sets, worked cameras, wrote scripts and directed actors in 2018 were female.
Women producers and executive producers made up 26 and 21 percent, respectively, of all producers in the previous year. Other important roles on movie sets feature even less women. In 2018, 16 percent of all script writers were female. Albeit small, this number is a jump up from the 11 percent of women filling this role in the 250 highest grossing films of 2017. Female cinematographers are even rarer. Only four in 100 positions were filled by a woman in the previous year.
For directors, arguably the most prestigious of the behind-the-scenes job in movies, there was less female participation in 2018 compared to 2017. Of the 250 highest grossing films in the U.S., only eight were directed by a woman, down from 11 in the previous year.