Below we've gathered some numbers that clearly show the sad state of affairs when it comes to gender equality in Hollywood. According to a WGA Staffing Brief, "that while women writers had made small gains in overall staff employment and in executive producer positions since the last report, they remained significantly underrepresented among the writers staffing television shows."
"The DGA has now issued three consecutive years of data examining the diversity of hiring practices for episodic television. The bar graph below shows that diversity hiring statistics in episodic television have remained virtually unchanged across those three years." - DGA
The above infographic spotlights how female creators did during the 2015 broadcast upfront season. It is a clear indicator of the work that must be done for gender equality in television.
According to research by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, "Only 7% of directors, 13% of writers, and 20% of producers are female. With such a dearth of female representation in front of and behind the camera, it’s a struggle to champion female stories and voices. The Institute’s research proves that female involvement in the creative process is imperative for creating greater gender balance before production even begins. There is a causal relationship between positive female portrayals and female content creators involved in production. In fact, when even one woman writer works on a film, there is a 10.4% difference in screen time for female characters. Sadly, men outnumber women in key production roles by nearly 5 to 1."
"Women and minority TV directors made modest gains during the 2015-16 season, according to the latest report from the Directors Guild, even though 10% of all episodic TV shows employed no women or minority directors at all." - DGA