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Category: Art and Entertainment, Media, Media Monitoring

Gender Ratios of 65th Emmy Nominees Favor Men

| July 25, 2013

The Women’s Media Center has crunched the numbers of the gender breakdown of nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards and found women severely underrepresented in most categories.

In a pure tally of names, we found that across the 69 non-performance categories, men’s names appear in 941 instances for an award versus 340 for women.* Meanwhile, there are 16 Emmy categories without a single woman nominated—the same ratio as last year.  (The categories without women nominees included awards given for Writing, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Music Composition, and Stunt Coordination.)

Across six categories of awards given for writing, women make up only 11 percent of nominees (down from 18 percent last year).

In some, the sheer ratios are worth highlighting—for example, the category of “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series,” which includes writers for “The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Portlandia,” has 10 women writers to 72 men listed as nominees.

However this year there was a sharp increase in the number of women nominated for awards given for Directing. Women comprised 24 percent of nominees—still not at parity but a vast improvement over the figures from 2012 when Lena Dunham was the only woman nominated for a Directing award across six categories.

We also looked at the ratio of names listed as Executive Producer in nominated shows. The well-known discrepancy of women in behind the scenes roles in television production is also present in Emmy-nominated shows; 31 women are listed as executive producer versus 81 men.

While there were no Emmy categories that lacked male nominees, women did outnumber men in 13 categories, which included awards given for Outstanding Documentary of Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, as well as awards given for casting, costumes, hairstyling, and non-prosthetic makeup. Interestingly, this year women also outnumbered men in nominees for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series with the inclusion of female-directed episodes of “Girls,” “Modern Family,” and “30 Rock.”

Below are gender breakdowns for the nominees for 65th Primetime Emmy Awards for Writing and Directing.

Directing

Outstanding Directing for a Drama
2 Women
3 Men

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
3 Women
2 Men

Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
1 Woman
4 Men

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
2 Women
4 Men

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
0 Women
6 Men

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
0 Women
6 Men

Writing

Outstanding Writing for a Drama
0 Women
6 Men

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
3 Women
6 Men

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
0 Women
9 Men

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
2 Women
4 Men

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
10 Women
72 Men

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
1 Woman
37 Men

Click here to see the gender breakdown of 2012 Emmy nominees.

* To the fullest possible extent, we tried to verify the gender of all the Emmy nominees in every non-performance category using what information we could confirm online. Total count includes multiple counting of individuals who were nominated for awards in different categories, but nominees’ names were counted only once per category of award. 

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