Research #3: Feds Investigate Discrimination Against Female Directors

This week for my third piece of research I analyzed the article “Feds investigate lack of female directors in Hollywood” by the reputable news source, CBS. Andrea Park, author of the article, as well as an entertainment producer at CBS News, reports that in late 2015, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission interviewed dozens of female directors to see what could be done to fix the unjust treatment of female film and television directors. The discrimination of female in the entertainment industry has reached a federal level. “The EEOC is the federal enforcer of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”, which prohibits employment discriminations based on race, gender, and religion.


The EEOC sent letters to these women, asking for “personal stories and the obstacles” they have faced in their field in the entertainment industry. Through these interviews, the EEOC combined data and factual reports which they used to file a lawsuit against major studios in Hollywood. Although it has been a year and a half since the lawsuit, the EEOC and studios are still in settlement talks to resolve charges that these studios systematically discriminated against female directors. Less than 5% of females directed the top 100 films during 2015 and 2016, highlighting the unjust treatment of women in the entertainment industry. Hopefully, 2017 will bring a settlement in favor of female directors and Hollywood will provide these women with the opportunities they deserve.


Park, Andrea. “Feds Investigate Lack of Female Directors in Hollywood.” CBS News. CBS Interactive, 07 Oct. 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.


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