According to statistics from the United Scenic Artists, which represents craftspeople in the industry, 44 percent of their membership is female and 56 percent male, noted Christine Toy Johnson, national chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee for Actors’ Equity Association. But 72 percent of jobs went to men during the past eight years, she said.
"So there are women in the field, there is just a lack of parity in hiring," Johnson, who is also national chair of the Dramatists Guild of America’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, told amNewYork in an email. "This is an industry-wide issue and I think it is hugely significant that The Lifespan of a Fact has the first all-female design team on Broadway, not because female designers don’t exist, but because they are not routinely getting the opportunities to be hired." READ MORE