Hollywood Gender Gap Shocker: Women Directed Just 3 Percent of This Year’s Studio Films (Exclusive)

Worse yet, three major Hollywood studios will release no films with female directors in 2018 Jeremy Fuster, provided by Published 3:48 pm, Friday, March 2, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Hollywood Gender Gap Shocker: Women Directed Just 3 Percent of This Year’s Studio Films (Exclusive) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Despite the recent success of Patty Jenkins, Greta Gerwig and Ava DuVernay, a new analysis by TheWrap has found that only 3.3 percent of the films scheduled for release this year by the six major Hollywood studios have a female director — the lowest percentage in at least five years. Worse yet, fully half of the majors — Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. — have only men directing all of their 2018 releases. The three remaining legacy film companies have just one film each with a female filmmaker: Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” at Disney, Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s “The Darkest Minds” at Fox and Kay Cannon’s comedy “Blockers” at Universal. A Paramount spokesperson acknowledged this year’s all-male slate but said that studio CEO Jim Gianopulos, who started last spring, is prioritizing projects with female directors for 2019 and 2020. Disney and Sony declined to comment but did not dispute the figures on their release slates. Universal, Warner Bros. and Fox did not respond to requests. Recommended Video: Now Playing: AMC to Offer Free Screenings of 'A Wrinkle in Time' for Underprivileged Kids According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC Theaters will provide free matinee shows as part of the "Give A Child The Universe" initiative. The Color of Change organization Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color Of Change, in statement Ava DuVernay directs the film, which is based on the 1968 novel of the same name, and includes stars like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. The film arrives in theaters Continue Reading

Top male BBC earners agree to pay cut after gender gap furor

LONDON (AP) — The BBC reported Friday that six of its highest-paid male broadcasters have agreed to take pay cuts after revelations of a gender divide in salaries. The BBC said in a statement that the public service broadcaster was "very grateful" to Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson, and Jeremy Vine for agreeing to reduce their salaries. "These are great journalists and presenters, who have a real connection with the audience. We are proud to have them working at the BBC," the broadcaster said. Details of the voluntary salary cuts were not announced. The BBC was embarrassed last year when a list of top earners showed that two-thirds of the best-paid workers were men. Many men also were also found to be receiving much larger salaries than women in comparable jobs. The BBC's China editor, Carrie Gracie, quit this month to protest what she called a failure to address the pay gap. Gracie did not appear on the list of BBC staff members earning at least 150,000 pounds ($214,000) a year. Humphrys, 74, a popular host of the influential Radio 4 morning news program, said the wage cut was his idea. "I've been at the BBC for an awfully long time and I've been paid very well and I'm not exactly on the breadline," he said. Continue Reading

E! network host Catt Sadler quits, citing gender gap in pay

NEW YORK (AP) — Television host Catt Sadler of E! News is jumping ship with a complaint about her paycheck. Sadler, a co-host of "Daily Pop" on the E! Entertainment network, said she's leaving after learning that on-air partner Jason Kennedy makes nearly twice as much money as she does. Sadler said she had to take a stand, arguing in an online statement that "how can we make it better for the next generation of girls if we do not stand for what is fair and just?" The network wouldn't discuss salaries, but said in a statement that it compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender. Kennedy has more extensive duties than Sadler at E!, including work on the network's profitable red carpet franchise. Continue Reading

Black Voters, Not the ‘Gender Gap,’ Won Virginia for McAuliffe

When Terry McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race Tuesday night, women were credited with handing him the victory. Pundits quickly declared that Cuccinelli’s extreme views on abortion—with the ultimate goal to “make abortion disappear in America”—were key to losing the female vote. A closer look at the numbers, however, reveals a different story. Cuccinelli lost among women voters, by a margin of 51 percent to 42 percent. But he won a majority of votes among white women—54 percent—while 91 percent of black women voted for McAuliffe. A strong majority of unmarried women broke for McAuliffe, 67 percent. These facts have been obscured by the widespread claim that the “gender gap” fueled McAuliffe’s victory—and that candidates’ stances on abortion and birth control are what swing the “women’s vote.” As the Virginia election results show, if it were up to white women, the anti-choice candidate would have prevailed. If any voting block determined the outcome of the race, it was black women. Republicans on all levels of government have been on a relentless legislative assault on women’s reproductive rights. It should come as no surprise that women of color are opposed to Republicans like Attorney General Cuccinelli, because he and his sidekick former Governor Bob McDonnell, made “transvaginal ultrasound” part of the everyday political lexicon. But women of color, single and low-income women are the most directly impacted by regressive Republican policies—and not just on reproductive rights. Cuccinelli’s expressed his support for a one of the strictest voter ID laws in the country immediately after President Obama won Virginia saying, President Obama can’t win a state where photo ID is required.” Cuccinelli was one of the first attorney generals to sue the Obama administration over the constitutionality of Continue Reading

BBC launches staff pay review to quell anger over gender gap

LONDON (Reuters) - The BBC is reviewing employee pay after it was forced to reveal that male stars were paid far more than their female counterparts, damaging the British public broadcaster's image and angering women employees. The revelation in July that the BBC's best-paid male star earned five times more than the best-paid woman, and that two thirds of on-air high earners were men, generated a spate of critical headlines as well as internal strife. "These are difficult and often deep-rooted challenges, and they are not unique to the BBC, but I see this as a moment of real opportunity for us," Director General Tony Hall said in a speech on Wednesday. Hall said the corporation had commissioned a report on its gender pay gap, to be independently audited, that would look not just at top earners but at the broader picture across the BBC. He said it had also launched an audit of equal pay covering UK-based staff, which was being carried out by the law firm Eversheds and auditors PwC. "If it throws up issues, we'll deal with them immediately," said Hall, adding that both reports would be published. BBC management had initially responded to outrage over the pay disclosures by pledging to close the gender gap by 2020, but that failed to satisfy irate women employees. "The director general must be in no doubt about how serious an issue equal and fair pay is for women across the organization," said a group of female BBC employees including high-profile TV and radio presenters. "The BBC should be the standard-bearer for this in the media," they said in a statement on Wednesday, calling for solutions to rectify injustices to be put in place before the end of 2017. Hall gave no details about how exactly the gender pay gap would be tackled. The Telegraph newspaper quoted a senior BBC source as saying that the pay review could lead to pay cuts for some staff and rises for others. Funded by a license fee levied from TV viewers in Britain, the BBC reaches 95 Continue Reading

CSU gender gap: 60% of lowest-paid faculty are women

As CSU works to equalize pay for women at the top of its teaching ranks, a deeper look at the university's gender gap shows female faculty are far more likely to fill lower-paid roles than their male colleagues.Colorado State University, like many institutions in the country, is in a struggle to counteract decades of workplace gender inequity. The most recent  blows take the form of a study confirming that female full professors — the highest of three tiers of faculty — were being paid less than their male peers and a "troubling" report on female faculty members' workplace experiences.The latter report, based on surveys of 76 women who self-selected to participate, portrays many seeing the university as a place where an institutionalized gender inequity has taken hold.A deeper look by the Coloradoan into CSU's workforce shows that inequality is present beyond female workers' concerns of sexist insinuations and managers' inconsistent application of parental leave policies. It extends to the lack of female faculty among the university's highest instructional ranks.The issue is certainly not unique to CSU, which is pushing back against generations of accepted gender norms and equity expectations. Not that those circumstances make the situation OK, advocates and administrators say."It's been this way for many years throughout higher education, and maybe forever," said Sue Doe, a tenured English professor at CSU and a director at the Center for the Study of Academic Labor, adding that conditions have improved somewhat. "I don't think we're unusual in that way. I don't think it makes it right." More: CSU faculty chair: If sexism persists, fire managers Fewer than one-third of CSU's 430 full professors are women. Full professors at CSU earn an average annual salary of $132,000, almost $40,000 more than the next-highest tier, according to CSU's employee fact book.About 43 percent of the 361 middle-rank Continue Reading

Silicon Valley gender gap is widening

SAN FRANCISCO — Najla Bulous wants to change the face of Silicon Valley.The daughter of immigrants from Mexico and Egypt, Bulous is a Harvey Mudd College-trained software engineer. After graduation in May, she's starting a new job at a Silicon Valley technology giant.Bulous knows she isn't the stereotypical Silicon Valley geek. She didn't study computer science until college and never intended to major in it. But after just one introductory course, Bulous was hooked on the challenge of mastering problems with lines of code.Now this 21-year-old is not just planning a career in technology. She wants a hand in re-engineering the culture of Silicon Valley to be more inclusive of women and people from underrepresented groups.She has her work cut out for her.Despite the rise of tech superstars such as Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, Silicon Valley is still a man's world.Girls graduate high school on par with boys in math and science, but boys are more likely to pursue engineering and computing degrees in college. That disparity only grows at the graduate level and in the workforce where women are dramatically underrepresented in engineering and computing. Even those women who pursue this kind of technical career drop out at much higher rates than men.A report released Thursday by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sounding a wake-up call for the industry. It warns that the gender gap in technology is widening as women are being held back by stereotypes and biases."What we found is that not only are the numbers low, they are headed in the wrong direction," says Catherine Hill, AAUW's vice president for research.From college curriculum to hiring and retention practices, changes must be made across the board to encourage more women to see themselves as technologists and explore careers in the industry, Hill says.Women made up just 26% of computing professionals in 2013, substantially less than 30 years earlier and about the same percentage as in Continue Reading

Where the boys aren’t: college: Obama must attack the gender gap in schooling

Speaking at historically black Hampton University last Monday, President Obama urged the graduates to go out into the world and close racial learning gaps. Overall, American eighth-graders rank 10th among the top performing countries in science and math, he said, while African-American students score lower than nearly every developed country. Unfortunately, the President missed the opportunity to point his audience toward the wider truth: Roughly 70% of the Hampton graduates walking across that platform to receive degrees were female. If Obama is to reach his 2020 goal of boosting America back to the top of the international education rankings, he must recognize two realities that educators seem determined to ignore. First, racial learning gaps are as much about gender as race. Second, the gender gaps are significant among white students as well, especially whites coming from low-income families. The gender gap in degree attainment is a growing national concern. About 57% of the graduates of four-year colleges are female, along with 62% of those earning two-year degrees. In New York's SUNY system, 55% of the students are female, with some campuses leaning more in that direction. SUNY New Paltz, for example, is 67% female; the College of Optometry, 77% female. Male enrollments in higher education are increasing but they are doing so at a slower rate than female enrollments. For every male college student today, there are nearly 1.39 females. Between 1993 and 2007, the percentage of males enrolled in higher education dropped from 45% to 43% - and over the next 11 years, the percentage of males is expected to drop an additional 2 percentage points. The gender gap goes beyond enrollment. Once in college, women are more likely to graduate than men. Among four-year public institutions, 56.4% of the women who enrolled graduated, compared with 50% of the men, according to 2007 data from the federal Education Department. The gender gap is greatest among blacks, Continue Reading

Attitudes foster gender gap in pay

Men who believe women should emphasize family over career earn more than men who don't, at least according to a 25-year study. At the same time, researchers concluded that women striving for a role in the workplace equal to men's have not made much more than women who have a less ambitious career outlook. As part of the research, conducted by Timothy Judge and Beth Livingston of the University of Florida and reported in the Journal of Applied Psychology, nearly 13,000 people were interviewed four times between 1979 and 2004. RELATED: REPORT SHOWS NICE GUYS GET PAID LESS THAN SEXISTSThe participants were 14 to 22 years old at the beginning of the study; there was a 60% retention rate over the 26 years. In each of the interviews, participants were asked about their views on gender roles in the workplace and at home. They answered questions on whether they believe a woman's place is in the home, whether a mother working leads to more juvenile delinquency, whether a man should be the achiever outside the home and whether women should take care of the home and family. Participants also were asked about their worklife and income, religious upbringing, education and marital status. What did Judge and Livingston learn? That men who believe women should focus on their life at home rather than a career path earned an average of $8,500 more a year than those who didn't. Among women, those who thought a man should be more focused on career progress made an average of $1,500 less a year than the women with more egalitarian views. "These results show that changes in gender role attitudes have substantial effects on pay equity," Judge said. "When workers' attitudes become more traditional, women's earnings relative to men suffer greatly. When attitudes become more assertive, the pay gap nearly disappears," he added. Working women can only hope this possibility becomes reality. It wasn't all that long ago that women had little opportunity at all to move Continue Reading

Gender gap prevails in experiment proving ‘women’s tax’ still exists

Not only do women make less than men — they still pay more for the same stuff. Twenty years after a landmark California study explored the so-called "women's tax," a new review of goods and services by The Daily Share reveals that companies are still punishing women for being women. California is the only state that bans gender-based pricing. New York City forbids it, too, but the practice continues, despite 200 violations written up by the Department of Consumer Affairs last year. "You cannot be treated differently because of who you are," Commissioner Julie Menin told the Daily News. "This is a basic civil right and a basic consumer right." A Schick Hydro 5 men’s razor, for example, costs $8.56. The Schick Hydro Silk — the feminized version of the same thing — costs $9.98. That’s nearly 17% more. Narciso Rodriguez fragrance is $87 as a cologne, but $106.60 as a perfume — or 22% more. A Neutrogena facial moisturizer for men goes for $10.35, whereas the female version — with the same ingredients — is $11.42, or 10% more. Services also cost more for ladies. A man can get an average haircut for $28, but women pay $44 — nearly 60% more. In a particular irony, the Daily Share video did reveal that American Apparel charges the same for its men’s and women’s Oxford shirt — but dry cleaners charge more if the shirt has the “ladies” label. Consumer Reports, which conducted a similar study in 2010, offered a different approach to the problem: It recommended that readers simply by the cheaper product — gender identity be damned. That study and the new findings come at a time when the gender pay gap is again under fire. Despite legislation passed 50 years ago, women still earn an average of 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man in the same position. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO Continue Reading