Infographic: Only 5 percent of recent major films were directed by women

Women and Hollywood has a depressing new infographic on what has got to be the biggest gender gap in Hollywood–an industry not exactly known for being a paragon of gender equality. Despite the fact that women make up their fair share of film school grads, and there are plenty of great female directors, less than five percent of films produced by the major studios in the last five years were directed by women.

infographic of women directors

Unsurprisingly, female directors lag behind when it comes to gettin the top accolades for their work, too–and no doubt the lack of role models exacerbates the problem in a male-dominated, risk-averse industry. Only one woman–Jane Campion–has ever won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman who has ever won best director at the Academy Awards–and, in fact, only four women have ever even been nominated. But, who knows, maybe this is the year that changes?

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Kevin Blakeman

    There is no justification for this. I watched the Lexi Alexander directed ‘The Punisher: War Zone’ a couple of weeks ago and was astonished at what a visually arresting and spectacularly crafted action movie it was. It’s been panned by critics, but fans of the Punisher tend to universally agree that it is one of the most faithful comic book movies ever created.

    It is inexplicable that Lexi Alexander has seriously struggled to find further employment since making what I consider to be one of the best action movies of the last 10 years.

    Kathryn Bigelow is a fantastic director, but the industry can’t keep rolling out the same names over and over as proof that they are inclusive. If you look into what she went through to fund The Hurt Locker, it is clear that her success is through her own tenacity and endeavour.