With gender and Hollywood in the news because of the Harvey Weinstein revelations, I haven’t seen anyone count up the women who produced his movies. I counted off every tenth movie from his 300 or so producer credits on IMDB, and eyeballed their names (or images) for gender. The result: 23% of 373 producers were women.* (Some have a lot of producers, but if you use movies as the unit of analysis the average is also 23%.)
Here is the breakdown of these 30 movies, by decade:
Weinstein seems to be right in line with the industry on this. (With a range of 5 to 70 producers listed, none had more than 50% female producer teams.) Producer jobs are the most gender integrated of the major behind-the-scenes leadership positions in Hollywood movies, as reported by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. And, like the other major positions, in his movies and in general, there is zero movement toward gender integration in the last two decades.
In turn, Hollywood looks a lot like the economy in general, which also shows basically no progress on integrating women into leadership positions over the last two decades. Here is percent female among those employed in managerial occupations (using the IPUMS occ1990 coding scheme for consistency):
Putting women in top leadership positions is not a panacea for gender inequality. But for the sexual harassment situation I am quite sure it would help a lot. Harvey Weinstein’s sex crimes may or may not have been an open secret in Hollywood, but the lack of women in positions across the industry, and the economy, is plain for all to see — and to act on, if they choose.
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* If someone wants to code all of his movies I’ll happily update this. Here’s the list I generated:
|The Pope Must Diet||1991||7||1||0.13|
|I’m Crazy About Iris Blond||1996||4||1||0.20|
|Talk of Angels||1998||3||3||0.50|
|In Too Deep||1999||6||1||0.14|
|The Brothers Grimm||2005||11||0||0.00|
|Scary Movie 4||2006||5||2||0.29|
|The Great Debaters||2007||6||4||0.40|
|The King’s Speech||2010||14||1||0.07|
|I Don’t Know How She Does It||2011||5||4||0.44|
|Escape from Planet Earth||2013||13||3||0.19|
|Lee Daniels’ The Butler||2013||31||10||0.24|