One step ahead, extra steps again for girls on the small display screen: the most recent Boxed In report from San Diego State College’s Dr. Martha Lauzen says that extra females confirmed up as contestants on actuality packages and sport reveals than on sequence in the course of the 2022-23 season.

Ladies made up 50 p.c of the contestants however solely 43 p.c of characters on comedy and drama sequence. The research launched right now tracked over 3,500 characters and greater than 4,500 behind-the-scenes credit on each the printed networks and streamers.

When it got here to inclusivity, the share of Black feminine characters declined from 27 p.c in 2021-22 to to 23 p.c in 2022-23. The share of Latinas remained regular at a (mere) 7 p.c.

Whatever the platform, the report says, feminine characters skilled a “steep decline” in numbers as they age from their 30s to their 40s. On the printed nets, the share of main feminine characters dropped from 47 p.c of their 30s to 14 p.c of their 40s. The drop was from 38 p.c to 17 p.c on the streamers.

One other little factoid that ought to shock nobody: ladies 60 and over proceed to be “dramatically underrepresented.” These ladies made up simply 3% of main feminine characters on broadcast and 4% on streaming.

“The percentage of female characters hasn’t changed substantially on broadcast TV in over a decade,” stated Lauzen, the manager director of the Heart for the Examine of Ladies in TV and Movie at SDSU. “In 2007-08, females comprised 43 percent of all characters. In 2022-23, females accounted for 44 percent of all characters. The story is much the same for streamers. Females accounted for 44 percent of characters in 2016-17 and 45 percent in 2022-23.”

Behind the digicam, 32 p.c of these engaged on each scripted and actuality fare have been ladies. However scripted sequence have been extra prone to rent feminine administrators versus unscripted packages whereas ladies on the whole have been extra prone to work for unscripted reveals versus scripted ones.

Ladies have been additionally extra prone to be employed as producers on unscripted packages (47%) than on scripted packages (41%).  In different roles, the variations have been slight for creators (26% scripted, 25% unscripted), govt producers (33% scripted, 34% unscripted), editors (20% scripted, 19% unscripted), and administrators of images (6% scripted, 5% unscripted).

During the last 26 years — from 1997-98 via 2022-23 — the SDSU research has monitored over 56,500 characters and greater than 70,000 behind-the-scenes credit as a strategy to monitor ladies’s illustration and employment in TV.