A New Study Reveals Hollywood's Gender Bias Against Female Film Directors

A new study reveals Hollywood's gender bias problem is still alive and well for female film directors.

Stacy Smith, Ph.D., and her Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism conducted the study.

According to Fortune, the study found that many female film directors begin and end their careers directing short films. 

However, when these women moved on to making feature films or narrative features, they were blocked by insufficient funding and gender bias in their field.

"Female film directors face a fiscal cliff in their careers after making a short film," Smith told Fortune. "For males opportunities grow, while for females, they vanish."

According to the study, women directed just 4.1 percent of the top-grossing movies from 2002-2014.

Fortune reports that this study comes as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched an investigation into gender bias in Hollywood.

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