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Women Make Up Only 26% Of Nominees for 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

| July 10, 2014

image of an Emmy StatueThe nominees for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday and women were 26 percent of the nominees. Out of a total 1406 nominated across 72 non-performance categories, women were nominated 369 times, while men were nominated 1037 times.*

The number is nearly identical to the ratio of female nominees for the last year's Emmy awards which was 26.5 percent, despite a few changes this year in the number of award categories.**

In an analysis conducted by Rachel Larris of the Women's Media Center found that male nominees outnumbered women, sometimes significantly, in 62 award categories – including 16 categories without a single woman nominated. These categories include three of the awards given for Directing, three for Cinematography and one for Writing.

Julie Burton, President of the Women's Media Center, released this statement: 

The Women's Media Center congratulates all the nominees for this wonderful recognition of their work and talent.  The Emmys are a celebration of professional and artistic achievement and we only wish that women — as usual — were not underrepresented in some key decision-making and narrative-shaping jobs, like directing and writing. There are six awards for writing and women comprise only 20 of 130 nominees (15 percent); in the directing awards categories, only four women were nominated, compared to 31 men (11 percent).

The gender imbalance in television writing staffs was most apparent in the award given for Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series, which included writing teams for “The Colbert Report,“ “The Daily Show,” “Inside Amy Shumer,” “Key & Peele,” “Portlandia” and “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.” In that single category which features shows with large writing staffs -- there were only 12 women compared to 65 men. “Inside Amy Shumer” & “Portlandia” – both shows that feature women in lead roles -- had the most balanced writing teams for shows in that category.

Only four women were nominated for directing awards, representing only 11 percent of the nominated. The four women up for directing Emmys are Gail Mancuso for Modern Family, Jodie Foster for Orange is the New Black, Beth McCarthy Miller for The Sound of Music Live! and Jehane Noujaim for The Square.

Women make up 28 percent of behind-the-camera positions in primetime network television according to figures found in the Women’s Media Center’s Status of Women in the U.S. Media Report.

Below are gender breakdowns for the nominees for 66th Primetime Emmy Awards for writing and directing.

Writing

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
1 Woman
5 Men

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
2 Women
7 Men

Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming
2 Women
12 Men

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
0 Women
6 Men

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
12 Women
65 Men

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
3 Women
13 Men

Directing

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
0 Women
6 Men

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
2 Women
4 Men

Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming
1 Woman
4 Men

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
0 Women
8 Men

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
0 Women
5 Men

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
1 Woman
6 Men

*Numbers reflect the number of individual times a woman or man was named per category. In some cases individuals were nominated multiple times in the same category, these individuals were only counted once. However the same individual may be counted if nominated in multiple Emmy award categories.

** As of press time one award category -- Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming – did not have a full list of nominated names available and was not included in the final tallies. The tallies will be updated should individuals be named as nominees. 

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