The progress of women in the television industry continues to be incremental when it hasn’t stalled out, according to the annual Boxed In study conducted by San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. The Boxed In study, now in its 20th year, annually provides a comprehensive look at the employment of women in front of and behind the camera. It also monitors the depictions of women on screen and the racial composition of TV casts.
When women run the show, more women get hired. That’s the major finding of the latest study of female employment in television by Dr. Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. The annual “Boxed In” survey, now in its 18th year, found a clear correlation between shows that had a least one female creator or executive producer and the level of female representation throughout the production, from actors to editors.
In the good news/bad news department, women in primetime TV equaled highs in employment on screen and behind the scenes, while continuing to lag well behind men by both measures, according to a new study.