A recent World Press Photo report surveyed 1,556 photographers on the state of news photography. The unfortunate results? 65% of respondents originated from Europe and North America. Only 15% were women.
This means that most pictures we see of war, poverty, and conflict around the world are in fact taken by people who have little personal connection or insight into the area they’re working in. And sadly, these numbers align with similar figures at news organizations in the United States: according to a 2015 census by the American Society of News Editors, just 12% of these organizations had either a woman OR a person of color in one of their top three positions.
One solution is to do what Canada’s film board did this year: they committed 50% of their budget over the next three years to only women directors.
Time Magazine tackled the nuances of this issue in their recent article here.