The film industry has a long-standing reputation as a men's club, and recent statistics support this claim. According to a 2016 report from the USC Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg, two males appear onscreen in speaking roles to every one female, and female characters fill only 28.7% of all speaking roles in film. Only 18% of stories evaluated were gender balanced, with film the least likely to depict balance. Behind the camera, about 85% of directors were male and 15% were female. Women also represent only 20% of corporate boards, chief executives, and executive management teams in the film industry.
The Archer Institute for Film & Video Literacy strives to overcome these statistics by encouraging a new generation of female filmmakers.