Report: Women represent 24% of the writers in Hollywood

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Lena Dunham

Well-known fact: women represent a little over fifty percent of the population. And yet, a new study from the 2011 Hollywood Writers Report has shown that women make up but twenty-four percent of all writers in Hollywood. Disheartening! Although, we could look on the bright side: at least the fairer sex isn't responsible for penning such celluloid crimes as The Love Guru or The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. 

The report uses statistics from 2008 and 2009, and perhaps there's reason to believe that things have gotten a little bit better. It's now 2011, we have a few shining beacons of hope in the form of Bridesmaids, Lena Dunham's new show coming out on HBO in the fall, and Tina Fey, who's got to be writing something somewhere, right? There may not be as many female writers as male, but the ones that we have are fantastic and should inspire new generations of women who want to sell their souls to write in Hollywood.

So there's hope for ladies. Ethnic minorities, on the other hand, made up only ten percent of writers. Ouch.