#PressforProgress is the theme for this International Women’s Day, 3/8/18. It is one that should not be taken lightly. According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report, gender parity is still another 200 years away. Women are still greatly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). In Hollywood, of the 100 top grossing films of 2017 only 8 percent of the directors were women. Click the link for more statistics: Women and Hollywood
Also, according to this article at fivethirtyeight.com, ” There were 7,068 people who graduated from a master’s-level program in cinematography, film, cinema and video studies from 2001 to 2016; 2,957 of them, or 42 percent, were reported as women.
Clearly one doesn’t need a master’s degree from a top film school to be a grip on a movie, but it’s not like there aren’t women capable or interested in working in these jobs. And the number of women behind the camera is seemingly diminishing through a career arc — if women are dropping from something like two-fifths of film grads to one-fifth of the U.S. camera workforce to a 10th of the department on major movies, we’d like to know why.”
The situation in comics is not much better. Women comic creators and geeky women in general deal with misogynistic trolls on a regular basis. Remember Gamergate? Women and gender non-conforming creators are still being targeted online as is illustrated by the following article:
There’s still a long way to go, but I am hopeful for the future and would prefer to see it go this direction:
Rather than this: