Why Girls That Create
This spring I came across a surprising statistic. In 1998 there were more women directors of the top 250 films than in 2018. Reading those numbers caused me to look at additional fields in the arts, where I discovered other frustrating data. Women comprise half of the U.S. population, but mass media continues to show them in much smaller numbers. This underrepresentation is also true for women who are behind the scenes, creating.
Consider these other figures:
- A 2019 report found 69 percent of news wire bylines (AP and Reuters) are snagged by men; 31 percent by women. (Women’s Media Center)
- In 2018, women comprised just four percent of directors working on the top 100 films, eight percent on the top 250 films, and 15 percent on the top 500 films. (Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film)
- A recent study of 820,000 exhibitions across the public and commercial sectors, only one third were by women artists. (The Art Newspaper)
- Another 2019 study on the music industry revealed female songwriters and producers are vastly outnumbered. Across seven years, 12.3 percent of songwriters of the songs were female. More than half (57 percent) of the 633 songs examined did not credit one woman as a songwriter. (USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative)
Several days after reading those numbers and more, I was out grocery shopping with my daughters. While pushing the cart my mind rolled; how could I support artistically inclined girls and women? How could I help them create the media they want to see and become leaders in different industries? What can I do so my daughters will experience equal gender representation in their lifetimes? I had been part of a documentary that championed these very things. Now what? Suddenly, very much like lightening, the idea for this website materialized.
Creativity is now considered one of the most in-demand skills in the world. Girls That Create exists to inspire girls and women of all ages to hold the paintbrush, pound the keys, learn programming, get in front and behind the camera, stand center stage, tell their stores, and push for leadership positions in the arts (and beyond).
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