At Wesleyan, Katey majored in English. She worked as the editor-in-chief of CinemaBlend.com for six years before joining Vanity Fair as digital Hollywood editor.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire beat out Iron Man 3 to top the 2013 box office, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep are two of the industry’s most bankable stars even well past the age of 40, and studio executives such as Amy Pascal and Kathleen Kennedy are slowly moving Hollywood’s boardrooms toward gender parity. But when it comes to the people working behind the scenes of the movies, women are still remarkably absent. In fact, they’re even more absent than they were 15 years ago.
Women accounted for 16 percent of directors, writers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on 2013’s movies; in 1998, they accounted for 17 percent. They made up only 6 percent of directors, down from 9 percent in 2012.
Accounting for “the state of women in Hollywood” can often be a process of cherry-picking your facts—say that 2009 was a great year because of Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker while ignoring the retro gender politics of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. But it’s hard to ignore data that says women are making virtually no headway in the film industry as a whole, even as television benefits from the huge variety of viewpoints coming from female creators (not to mention profits—New Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and 30 Rock all stand as solid hits).
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