On the Small Screen: Women Overlooked in Emmy Nominations

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On the Small Screen: Women Overlooked in Emmy Nominations


In the past decade, women have received only 22 percent of the Primetime Emmy nominations for writing, directing, producing, and editing, according to an investigation by the Women's Media Center.

Although the Emmys cover many different jobs related to creating television programs, the Women's Media Center focused on the categories of writing (6), directing (8), editing (10), and producing (20). In its analysis of the nominations made for the years 2006 through 2015, WMC sought to take a detailed look at the gender ratios of jobs that have the most influence on what is depicted on the small screen.

Out of all the nominees nominated in 44 writing, directing, editing, and producing categories over the past decade, 2,074 of them were women, representing only 22 percent of the total. There were 7,485 men nominated, 78 percent of the total.

For the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which aired in September, women made up only 25 percent of the writing, directing, producing, and editing nominations.

Writing:

* From 2006 to 2015, women made up 13 percent of all the nominees in six writing categories, earning 171 nominations to 1,103 for men.

* The addition of Inside Amy Schumer as a nominee to the category of Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series boosted the numbers.

* In the category of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, women make up only 22 percent of nominees over the course of 10 years, but Mad Men accounts for a significant portion of the women nominated.

Directing:

* From 2006 to 2015, women made up only 8 percent of all directing nominations, earning 116 nominations; men received 1,417. …

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