Carrie Rickey wrote an interesting piece for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists' site summarizing the stats of women in film in 2006. The stats she writes about include:
60% of Oscar nominated documentary features are directed by women,
40% of Oscar nominated foreign-films are directed by women,
25% of Sundance 2007 features and shorts are directed by women
10% of best-picture Oscar nominees are directed by women (although Little Miss Sunshine is co-directed by Valerie Faris)
6.25 % of top-250 domestic box office grossers in 2006 are directed by women
1.8 % of top-1000 domestic box office grossers in 2006 are directed by women.
Rickey doesn't posit anything based on these stats; she simply presents them as they are and then asks the question: what do we think those stats mean? Several of my fellow AWFJ members have responded with their own astute observations, so I thought I'd toss my own two cents on the subject into the pot.