Women Directed More Top-Grossing Movies Than Ever In 2020, According To New Study

In what was certainly an unprecedented year, as the coronavirus upended various industries and lives, women set a new record in 2020 for directing more top-grossing films than ever before.

According to a new San Diego State University study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film (via Variety), women represented 16% of directors leading the 100 highest-grossing films in 2020. This is an increase from 12% in 2019 and 4% in 2018.

The center’s director, Dr. Martha Lauzen, who has overseen the study for the last two decades, celebrated the consecutive increase in women directors over the past two years while saying more work needs to be done as “80% of the top films” are still led by men.

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