WanderLuxxe on Women in Film this Past year
It’s no secret that women in Hollywood have been underrepresented since the beginning of the entertainment industry. Women have had to fight twice as hard to just be seen. And this is in front and behind the cameras. At WanderLuxxe we always take pride in being women entrepreneurs in Hollywood, and want to shed light and help other women in the field as much as we can. We thought it was important to shine a light on the strides women have made in the field recently, as well as illustrate how much further we have to go.
Let’s start with the bad news. In 2018, women made up 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors and cinematographers working in the top 250 domestic grossing films. To break this down, women comprised of only 8% of directors working in these films, down 3% from 2017. A whopping 92% of films had no women directors! That’s insane! 73% had no women writers, 42% had no women executive producers, 74% had no women editors and 96% had no women cinematographers.
It is clear to see that women are not given equal opportunity. Even with the rise of the #metoo women, the fall of Harvey Weinstein, and many industry members “pledging” to work more with women, the change has been slow coming.
It’s not all negative though. Some of our favorite recent highlights include writer and activist Janet Mock wrote and directed an episode of Pose on FX in 2018, which made her the first transgender woman of color to write and direct an episode of television. Everyone’s favorite performer, Beyonce, became the first African American woman to headline Coachella in 2018, literally making history with a record for livestream views.
This years Oscar awards were noteworthy as well. Regina King won an award for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk”, making her only one of three black actresses to take home an Oscar and Emmy, in history. Black Panther’s Hanna Beachler became the first black person to win for Best Production Design. And Ruth Carter made history as she won Marvel’s first Oscar and became the first black person to win Best Costume Design, this was for “Black Panther”. Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things” series on FX persevered after severing ties with Louis CK post #metoo allegations and continues to become a cult classic.
We still have many mountains to climb and it won't be easy, it never has been, but women are coming together to break through the door and surpass the glass ceiling. 2019 has gotten off to a great start for women in Hollywood and we are excited to see what the rest of the year will bring.