Boxed In 2017-18: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television

Boxed In 2017-18:  Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television

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In 2017-18, the percentages of female characters on screen and women working in key roles behind the scenes declined on television.  Overall, females comprised 40% of all speaking characters on television programs appearing on the broadcast networks, cable, and streaming services, a decline of 2 percentage points from 42% in 2016-17.  Behind the scenes, women accounted for 27% of all creators, directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and directors of photography working on programs delivered via the various platforms last year.  This represents a decline of 1 percentage point from 2016-17.  Overall, programs employed behind-the-scenes women in relatively small numbers.  For example 69% of programs employed 5 or fewer women in the roles considered.  In contrast, only 13% of programs employed 5 or fewer men.