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Breaking Barriers: The Impact of the Celluloid Ceiling in the Film Industry

If we reflect on our favorite Hollywood classics, it becomes evident that the film industry has long been heavily dominated by a predominantly male presence, both behind and in front of the camera. Despite the gradual emergence of female-led movies and the recognition generated by directors like Greta Gerwig, Ava DuVernay, Sofia Coppola, and others, the overall progress in women’s representation in the industry remains sluggish. In this article, we delve into recent statistics provided by SDSU (San Diego State University) to shed light on the current state of gender diversity in Hollywood.

Percentage of Women vs Male in the Film Industry

The overall percentage of women in the film industry stands at a modest 22%, encompassing roles such as directors, screenwriters, editors, and producers. Compared to the year of 2022, we see a 2% decrease in female representation in film. A more detailed breakdown reveals that women constitute 16% of all directors, 26% of producers, 17% of writers, 21% of editors, 24% of executive producers, and a mere 7% of cinematographers.

Distribution of Female Roles in the Film Industry

Benefits of Diversity in the Film Industry

The discourse surrounding diversity has gained immense traction across various industries. Studies have shown that embracing diversity not only fosters unique ideas and perspectives but also increases overall performance,  profitability, and decreases turnover rates. specifically in the realm of filmmaking, representation plays a pivotal role in accurately portraying characters and illustrating women’s experiences with precision.


Navigating the Path to Success

All this data might leave you questioning what the actionable steps towards progress are. Unfortunately, no one can singlehandedly solve the issue of underrepresentation in a billion-dollar industry–it requires collective efforts. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) trainings serve as valuable tools to raise awareness and promote education. At So Diversum, our mission is to facilitate easy access to resources that expand your knowledge on this crucial topic. Supporting women in film can be as simple as watching their movies, spreading the word, and acknowledging their contributions. In our quest to champion women in film, we recommend immersing yourself in captivating narratives that not only entertain but also challenge societal norms.

Here are some noteworthy women-led movies and TV shows.


  1. Ladybird – Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, this coming-of-age masterpiece follows the story of a recent high school graduate Christine, known as “Ladybird”. The film resonates with young women, exploring self-discovery through fragile friendships and first love experiences.

  2. Little Women – Written by American Novelist ,Louisa May Alcott, and directed by Greta Gerwig, this timeless classic delves into the lives of the March sisters touching on themes of  love, family, personal growth, and friendship.

  3. Fleabag – Written by Phoebe Waller-bridge, this series navigates the life of a young woman in London  as she strives to heal from traumas, run a café business, and find her way through life’s challenges.

  4. Virgin Suicides – Written and directed by Sophia Coppola, this movie provides a commentary on societal pressures, following the narrative of the Lisbon sisters in a suburban neighbourhood with strict and conservative family.


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