According to a 2014 study from The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, there are five men to every woman in the film industry.
In 2015, Dr. Martha Lauzen, author of a study labeled The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 250 Films of 2014, found that women have directed just 7% (17) of the top 250 grossing films of 2014. According to Forbes, the top ten highest paid actresses made $181 million combined while the top ten highest paid actors received $465 million.
While the fight for gender equality in media continues, we cannot lose sight of the strides women have made thus far in film. 2016 has seen progress with films like female action comedy Ghostbusters, female led animation film Finding Dory, and female adapted screenplay Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Considering what women accomplish in the driver’s seat, let’s hope we get more gas in the tank.