The Search for the Holy Grail Continues

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on September 29, 2012 in The search |

“The more it changes, the more it stays the same” says a famous French proverb. That is all I can say in regard to the numbers just published by the Director’s Guild of America.

Almost the same numbers year after year. The television business is still a bastion of males. I’ve been fighting to get in for almost 7 years now. I still didn’t get the chance to prove that what I’ve directed so far was not a fluke. I can do it. I can do it better than about 50% of the male directors I set by as their script supervisor, yet I can’t get a chance to prove it. And now, after years of going to meetings, and networking ‘mixers’, and pleading, and begging, now I’m asked “But what have you done lately?”

This is my personal story, but there are many more like mine. Talented women who have directed features can’t get in. Women who have 70 hours of TV behind them and who took some time off to raise a family can’t get back in. Now the DGA statistics proves that nothing has changed.

Eleven percent. That is the number the follows women director for many years now. Only 11% of episodes were directed by women. Just like last year and the year before.

This number is false because it includes only Caucasian women. I personally take offense to the fact that women are categorized this way. A woman is a woman is a woman and I don’t care about skin color. We all have the ability to give birth and we all want to shed old stereotypes.

Here are the statistics:


Does it make it a little clearer with colors? Woman are 56% of the population and the media and message are controlled by men.

And why the 11%? What does it mean? If a woman start directing another one falls by the wayside?

Here is the true picture:



The search for the holy grail – the director’s job – continues

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