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Martha Lauzen

Martha Lauzen

Martha M. Lauzen is executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film and on the film and television faculty at San Diego State University. The center conducts an extensive agenda of original research on women working on screen and behind the scenes in film and television.  Lauzen is the author of annual studies of women working in film (The Celluloid Ceiling) and television (Boxed In), as well as numerous articles examining women’s employment patterns and representation.

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Moving Beyond the Bechdel Test

Moving Beyond the Bechdel Test

April 9, 2014

The author, a leading expert on women in the film industry, introduces new research that goes beyond the numbers, revealing the quality of films’ portrayals of women. More »

Gender Inertia in Hollywood

Gender Inertia in Hollywood

January 30, 2014

As Hollywood awards season ramps up, the author of the Celluloid Ceiling report examines why the numbers of women behind the scenes remain frustratingly low. More »

Hollywood—Don’t They Want the Money?

Hollywood—Don’t They Want the Money?

January 30, 2013

The author of the annual Celluloid Ceiling report looks beyond the awards season coverage to tell us how Hollywood is treating women professionals—and audience members. More »

Film’s Independent Women

Film’s Independent Women

September 18, 2012

The author, the leading expert on the status of women working in film and television, has good news about women's progress in directing documentary films. Her question: are indie women in the pipeline to top Hollywood jobs? More »

If Women Ran Hollywood . . . 2012

If Women Ran Hollywood . . . 2012

July 16, 2012

The author of annual studies of women working in film and prime-time TV updates a classic consciousness-raising article as a 2012 reality check. More »

Oscar and the Usual Suspects

Oscar and the Usual Suspects

February 20, 2012

Women's absence from Best Director nominees only reflects the industry's dismal hiring statistics, as demonstrated in the author's annual Celluloid Ceiling study. More »

Getting Real About Reel Employment

Getting Real About Reel Employment

February 25, 2011

Hollywood bigwigs don't want to hear it, but Martha Lauzen's figures do not lie: a few high-profile successes, however welcome, belie the stagnant status of women in the film industry. Here she suggests strategies for change. More »