Fewer Women Are Working in Primetime TV

Gossip Girls Group Shot - P 2011
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Gossip Girls Group Shot - P 2011

The number of females working both in front of and behind the camera has decreased, according to a new study.

According to a new study, there were fewer female faces both in front of and behind the camera on primetime television last season.

Women made up 15% of working writers on broadcast programs during the 2010-2011 season, a decline from 29% in 2009-2010, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

Women comprised 25% of all individuals working as writers, producers, creators, directors, executive producers, editors, and directors of photography on broadcast television programs during the 2010-11 prime-time season. That represents a decrease of 2% from the previous season.

The number of women directors also declined from 16% in 2009-2010 to 11% in 2010-2011.

As for on screen, women accounted for 41% of all characters, a decline of 2% from the 2007-08 season when female characters accounted for a historical high of 43% of characters. “Programs with at least one woman creator or writer featured more female characters than programs with no women creators or writers,” the study stated.

Interestingly, the CW got the highest marks being the only network with accurate proportion of females based on the U.S. population. Female characters accounted for 52% of all characters last season.