Boxed In 2019-20: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television
In 2019-20, original programs appearing on streaming services featured substantially more female protagonists than programs on cable channels or broadcast networks. By platform, 42% of streaming programs had clearly identifiable sole female protagonists, 27% of cable programs and 24% of broadcast programs featured female protagonists. Women also reached historic highs as creators, directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and directors of photography on streaming programs. The gains made by women working as directors and directors of photography on streaming programs were particularly impressive. The percentage of women working as directors soared from 15% in 2018-19 to 32% in 2019-20. The percentage of women working as directors of photography rose from 3% in 2018-19 to 17% in 2019-20. Regarding race and ethnicity, across platforms the percentage of Black female characters increased slightly (from 17% in 2018-19 to 20% in 2019-20), the percentage of Asian females increased slightly (from 7% in 2018-19 to 8% in 2019-20), and the percentage of Latinas decreased slightly (from 6% in 2018-19 to 5% in 2019-20).