To refresh everyone's memory, half the people in the world are women. But how many episodes of the 2017 Emmys' Outstanding Series nominees were directed by women?
Veep, Outstanding Comedy Series: 4 episodes of 10 were directed by women
The Handmaid's Tale, Outstanding Drama Series: 8 episodes of 10 were directed by women
Big Little Lies, Outstanding Limited Series: 0 of its 7 episodes were directed by women (N.B. all episodes were directed by the same man)
Out of 221 episodes, 60 were directed by women. That is 27%. Again, women are half of the people in the world.
These 19 shows had 221 episodes between them. There were 19 series nominated and only two — Handmaid's Tale and Feud — hired women to direct 50% or more of their episodes, but they were all white women. Of the individual female directors counted, less than a third were women of color.
Stranger Things, The Crown, and Big Little Lies hired only male directors.
Happy Emmys, everyone!
This post has been updated to reflect the winners.