The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University is the most widely cited and trusted source of information on the representation of women in film and television. For more than a decade, researchers affiliated with the Center have provided individuals working in the entertainment industry and members of the public with extensive and forward-thinking research on the employment of women. Scholars at the Center conduct an extensive agenda of original research documenting women's under-representation and investigating the reasons for the continuing gender inequities.
Every year, The Celluloid Ceiling tracks the employment of women working as directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors on the top grossing films. Another annual study, Boxed In, follows the employment of behind-the-scenes women in prime-time television. A new study, Independent Women, regularly monitors women's behind-the-scenes employment on films appearing at high-profile film festivals in the U.S. Still other studies investigate the representation of women and men as film critics and writers (Thumbs Down); and compare the budgets, box office grosses, and DVD sales of movies made by women and men filmmakers (Women @ the Box Office).
Through its research and programs, the Center documents, explores, and celebrates the accomplishments of directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors -- who happen to be women -- and encourages more women to pursue careers in these important storytelling roles.