The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top U.S. Films of 2020

The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top U.S. Films of 2020

The percentage of women working in behind-the-scenes roles on the hundred top-grossing U.S. films in 2020 ticked up from the previous year, a report from San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film finds. The report, The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women on the Top U.S. Films of 2020(pages, PDF), found that women accounted for 21 percent of directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top hundred films in 2020, up from 20 percent in 2019, and 23 percent of those working on the two hundred and fifty top-grossing films, up from 21 percent. The report also found that women accounted for 16 percent of directors of the top hundred films, up from 12 percent in 2019, and 18 percent of the directors of the top two hundred and fifty films, up from 13 percent. Among other behind-the-scenes roles, women accounted for 12 percent of writers, 21 percent of executive producers, 28 percent of producers, 18 percent of editors, and 3 percent of cinematographers. Films in the top two hundred fifty with at least one female director employed substantially higher percentages of women than those with exclusively male directors, with women comprising 53 percent of writers and 39 percent of editors. 

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