Female Directors Made Gains in 2019

A new study revealed a record number of women produced and directed the highest grossing films in 2019.

The University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative conducted the study and found women represented 10.6% of the directors responsible for the year’s top box-office films, making 2019 a 13-year high for women’s representation in directing.

Out of the 12 female directors that make up this study, only four were women of color. The study found white women make up about 3.9% of female directors while women of color make up less than 1% of all directing jobs. White men are the majority of directors at 82.5% and men of color represent 12.6% of directors.

The study also looked into gender discrepancies within speaking parts for women on screen and found they represent 30% of the speaking characters.

The Realist Woman’s take:

It’s wonderful to know that female directors are making gains. There are countless talented female directors out there, and while 10 percent doesn’t sound like a large amount of representation, every gain is worth celebrating. 

The study compared 2019’s representation of female directors to that of 2013 and 2014 where women represented only 1.9% of directors. Women are making gains in film and yes they deserve more opportunities, but let’s support and celebrate how far they've come.