Change Towards Gender Diversity in Hollywood Moving Slow, New Study Says

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: September 26, 2015
News Source: The Atlantic

A new study report has been released that shows that although Hollywood is moving towards diversity, the pace of change is still rather slow.

According to The Atlantic, since 1997 there has been little change as to the percentage of women in prime-time TV, as shown by this year’s edition of “Boxed In,” an annual report from San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. Awareness of this issue has grown, but not much in terms of numbers for over the last 18 years.

The number of women working behind the scenes has increased from 21% in 1997 to only 27% today, which according to Martha Lauzen, the study’s author and a professor film and television at San Diego State, is a "glacial" pace.

Likewise, the study shows the same slow pace for the increase in the number of women facing the camera from 39 percent in 1997 to 42 percent today.

The research by Lauzen's team indicates that the still persisting lack of gender diversity in the television industry is due mainly to "authoritative bodies in the industry refuse to take an active role in addressing the problem," The Atlantic said in its news article.

“The television and, to a greater extent the film industries, have been in denial for many years,” Lauzen says, “Studies from multiple sources have now made women's under-representation undeniable.”

Lauzen notes that those at the top are those that need to change, and exert more effort to "taking a strong, clear step to remedying the imbalance."

It is important, Lauzen believes, that more women be in leadership roles, such as show creator or executive producer, as there is greater likelihood that women leaders would get other women to be in their teams.

With Viola Davis and other women making it good at the Emmys, and as Davis herself noted that women, especially black women, lack opportunity in the industry: "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there," she said in accepting her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Hopefully, her inspiring speech has made some inroads into the mindset of those who have the power to hasten the growth of diversity on television., the largest diversity job board online, is a career opportunity resource and job search engine for the cultural diversity marketplace. Through, you can post veteran jobs for your diversity and equal employment opportunity requirements.Visit <a href="" target="_blank">DiversityWorking</a> now.

Read the full article at The Atlantic

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