Can I get a KNOPE?
It helps your statistical chances for a "successful" career if you're a white actress who hasn't hit 30 yet and doesn't mind playing a non-speaking character with an easily "identifiable marital status," and no--that's not me being cynical. Those are the boob tube facts.
Just a couple months ago, the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film released their report on the gender ratios of Hollywood's workers, discovering that the ratio of women to men in various behind the scenes roles such as editors, writers, cinematographers, composers, and special effects supervisors has not changed more than three percentage points in sixteen years
. That was pretty disheartening, but theoretically, men should be just as able to craft female characters that don't play to stereotypical tropes as women are at creating relatable male characters. So how did that go?