Men Dominate Emmy Noms In Key Categories, Study Finds

And the Emmy nomination goes to – a man. At least that’s been the case 78% of the time during the past 10 years in categories honoring writing, directing, producing and editing, according to a new study by the Women’s Media Center.

The report found that in these 44 awards categories, 7,485 of the nominees were men and 2,074 were women – 78% to 22%. The numbers are a little bit better this year, though female nominees still are outnumbered by men 3-to-1.

“These are key behind-the-scenes roles, and the men and women in these roles have the power to decide and mold what the story is, who is in the story and how the story is told,” said Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center, which was co-founded by Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and author-activist Robin Morgan. “Clearly there is a connection between the broadcast, network, cable and Netflix programs that hire exclusively male creators and the industrywide gender divide. When there are few jobs for women, it is easy to see why so few women in non-acting categories are recognized for their excellence.”

The study found that during the past decade, women have received only 8% of all directing nominations, earning 116 while men got 1,417. Female writers received 13% of the Emmy nons (171 vs. 1,103), while female editors received 18% of the nominations (147 to 659). Female producers got 28% of the nominations in the 20 categories in which producers were nominated (1,640 to 4.306). In the producing ranks, female nominees fared best in the documentary categories, outnumbering men 54% to 46%.

“Clearly, the number of nominees for Emmys is not representative of the impact or the accomplishments of women writers, directors, producers, editors whose overall representation in all those categories is still far from equal to their talents or the opportunities,” said Pat Mitchell, chair of the WMC’s board of directors.

The Women’s Media Center works to make women more visible and powerful in the media and conducts research on media inclusion and accuracy.

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