According to the Women’s Media Center’s The Status of Women in the U.S. Media 2014:
“Women creators, writers, producers, executive producers, photography directors and editors made up 28 percent of the workforce in primetime network television entertainment shows during 2012-13.
Women snared 43 percent of speaking and major roles in 2012- 13 primetime entertainment television shows, a historical high equal to that reached in 2007-08.
Women with speaking parts tended to be considerably younger than men: 30 percent of men but 19 percent of women were in their 20s; 22 percent of men and 14 percent of women were in their 40s.
Also, they were less likely to either be seen at their work sites or actually working.
When programs had no women writers, 40 percent of their casts were women. When shows had at least one woman writer, 43% of the casts were female.
Shows with no women creators had casts that were 41% female. Shows with at least one female creator had casts that were 47% female.”
Since men still hold the majority of decision-making positions in the television industry, it is up to us, the viewers, to voice our opinions on the female roles they think represent us, who we are and what we want.
And that is what this blog is about.
And, no less important, it is a celebration of appreciation for women on the most popular medium in the country: television.