Number of Female Movie Directors Falls Over 17 Year Period

January 13, 2015 1:40 PM

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Number of Female Movie Directors Falls Over 17 Year Period

Selma director Ava DuVernay and Unbroken director Angelina Jolie may be earning critical raves, awards and strong box office returns for the dramas they made last year, but female filmmakers remain the exception to the rule. Over the past 17 years, the number of women directing the top 250 grossing films declined by 2%, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

It’s a sign that some glass ceilings remain stubbornly in place, with women comprising 7% of directors on the biggest moneymakers. It’s not just limited to directing. Behind the camera remains a male-dominated world, as well.

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