The decline in women TV writers in the US

Here’s a shocking stat: in the 2006-2007 US TV season, 35% of primetime, network TV writers were women. In the 2010-2011 season, it’s 15%.

How did that happen? AOL TV’s Maureen Ryan (formerly The Watcher) has written a fascinating article, well worth reading, with all manner of writers and showrunners. Give it a go if you have 10 minutes or so to spare.

And what do you think? Is this a bad thing? A doesn’t matter thing?




  • Cracking piece, though rather demoralising. I think as the piece suggests a mix is best: why wouldn’t it be? And how can you possibly nurture a diversity of approaches, styles and practices without allowing people up through the ranks? Quotas are a heavy-handed mechanism but it seems that dinosaur attitudes are too prevelant…

  • Hazel

    If Kurt Sutter is correct then it does matter because if “men can write male characters more accurately” than women can then the converse must be true.
    Is he right?
    As an aside, and proving nothing at all, one of the best comedies on TV (imo) is Community which has a healthy number of women writers.
    [A further aside, this comment box is a treat to use.]

  • Community is brilliant and I try to tell everyone this whenever possible – so far, no one I’ve introduced it to has done anything but love it.
    Glad you like the comment box and thanks for dropping by!

  • alex sanders

    [this is good] i like it here…i like writing but i don’t have any courage to do it. maybe because i don’t really have any basic knowledge about writing, do i really need to go to college to pursue this dream of writing? or it has to be a talent?

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The decline in women TV writers in the US

Here’s a shocking stat: in the 2006-2007 US TV season, 35% of primetime, network TV writers were women. In the 2010-2011 season, it’s 15%.

How did that happen? AOL TV’s Maureen Ryan (formerly The Watcher) has written a fascinating article, well worth reading, with all manner of writers and showrunners. Give it a go if you have 10 minutes or so to spare.

And what do you think? Is this a bad thing? A doesn’t matter thing?