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.

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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.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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